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Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Italian Vault

 
 
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By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
1. The Italian Vault Marker
Inscription. Attracted by economic opportunities to be found here, a large number of Italian immigrants came to Galveston in the 19th century. In 1876, they formed the Italian Mutual Benevolent Society (Societa' Italiana di Mutuo Soccorso) to provide assistance to fellow immigrants. The society purchased a plot of land in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in 1888 and built this mausoleum, known as the Italian Vault. The structure exhibits Gothic style influences in its buttresses, gargoyles, and Corinthian columns flanking the entrance.

The vault provides space for twelve crypts. It served as a permanent or temporary resting place for more than 70 deceased members until burial could take place in the cemetery. A number of Italian immigrants are interred in plots surrounding the mausoleum. Buried in this cemetery are Captain Clemente Nicolini, a member of the original vault building committee and a former Italian consulate who aided many immigrants; and Gioacchino Cassara, the first president of the Italian Benevolent Society. The vault also was used by members of the later organized Italian society, Stella d'Italia, and finally by the Sons of Italy.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1992
 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7497.)
 
Location.
The Italian Vault image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
2. The Italian Vault
29° 16.357′ N, 94° 49.818′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from 65th Street near Oleander Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located in the southeast section of Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77551, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rosewood Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Ducky's Beach" (approx. half a mile away); Peter Leroy Colombo (approx. half a mile away); Beach Invertebrates (approx. 0.9 miles away); Galveston Seawall and Grade Raising (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Birds of Galveston (approx. one mile away); Campeche / Galveston Island (approx. one mile away); Lent Munson Hitchcock (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Galveston.
 
Also see . . .  Calvary Catholic Cemetery. (Submitted on November 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Additional keywords. Italian American
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesFraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
The Italian Vault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
3. The Italian Vault Marker
A circle located immediately northwest of the Vault. The Vault is located just to the right.
The Italian Vault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
4. The Italian Vault Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 551 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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