Taking Care of Business: The Mausoleum Promoter and the Cemetery

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 19:00

Beechwood Cemetery was established in Ottawa in 1873. Now almost one hundred and fifty years old, it is recognized for its naturalistic, pastoral and picturesque landscape. It features a number of prominent elements, among them the 1930s Gothic Revival Beechwood Community Mausoleum. While the Mausoleum stands today as an ornament in the cemetery grounds, this lecture will explore the intriguing story behind its construction as one of speculation, ambition, and ultimately loss for all involved.

Photo: Danielle Jones


Dorothy Smith is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Carleton University. Among her areas of research interest is the pre-World War II mausoleum industry in Canada.

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