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The Carriage Gates of Westminster Burying Ground

 
 
The Carriage Gates of Westminster Burying Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
1. The Carriage Gates of Westminster Burying Ground Marker
Inscription. Westminster's carriage gates, completed in 1815, were among the nation's first examples of Egyptian Revival architecture. Commissioned by the First Presbyterian Church, the gates were designed by Maximilian Godefroy (1765-ca.1840), a French architect who spent 15 productive years in Baltimore.

Godefroy's gates signaled the growing sophistication of this formerly austere Presbyterian burying ground (est. 1786), and anticipated shift toward a more romantic view of death and mourning. The new entrance also created a prominent east-west corridor (now obscured by the church) that was soon lined with stylish burial vaults - several designed by Godefroy himself.

Maximilian Godefroy's other surviving local work includes St. Mary's Chapel, First Unitarian Church, and the Battle Monument.

[illustration]
Death and Eternity Godefroy's skillful combination of Egyptian and classical symbols imparted a very direct and enduring message: while we mourn the brevity of life, we should also celebrate the eternity of the spirit. The wrought iron gates feature a Greek key border and three lachrymal urns (symbols of grief) while the sandstone piers are unmistakably Egyptian. The obelisks (monuments to the dead) contain carved relief of winged hour glasses (time's swift flight), all topped by cavetto cornices.
Entrance to Westminster Cemetery Green Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
2. Entrance to Westminster Cemetery Green Street
by Edward J. Wunder
Close-up of image on marker
The brick wall running along Greene Street was built at the same time as the gates.

Entrance to Westminster Cemetery Green [sic] Street by Edward J. Wunder
From Maryland Institute... Announcement Schools of Art and Design 1914-1915
First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church Archives.
 
Location. 39° 17.391′ N, 76° 37.418′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on North Greene Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Westminster Hall and Burying Ground. Marker is at or near this postal address: 519 West Fatyette Street, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 26 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Infusing Style and Sophistication: (here, next to this marker); The Gilmors (a few steps from this marker); Final Rest (a few steps from this marker); Bernard von Kapff (within shouting distance of this marker); Local Hero, National Leader (within shouting distance of this marker); Believe it or Not (within shouting distance of this marker); James McHenry (within shouting distance of this marker); “…a truly affectionate wife” (within shouting distance
Max. Godefroy image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
3. Max. Godefroy
Archt of Battle Monument
Rembt Peale Pinxt
This c. 1815 portrait of Maximilian Godefroy by Rembrandt Peale hangs in the Maryland Historical Society Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
of this marker); An 18th-Century Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); James McHenry, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); A Monument to the Memory of Edgar Allan Poe (within shouting distance of this marker); Dugan-Hollins Family Vault (within shouting distance of this marker); A La Memorie D’Edgar Allan Poe (within shouting distance of this marker); Westminster Hall & Burying Ground: (within shouting distance of this marker); Poe’s Baltimore (within shouting distance of this marker); A Swashbuckling Merchant (within shouting distance of this marker); Fame, Fortune and Financial Scandal (within shouting distance of this marker); Westminster Church and Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Among the Illustrious Men (within shouting distance of this marker); John McDonogh (within shouting distance of this marker); The McDonoghs of Baltimore (within shouting distance of this marker); Among Family: Poe’s Original Burial Place
The gates image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
4. The gates
(within shouting distance of this marker); A Beloved General (within shouting distance of this marker); A Mother’s Grief (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Burial Place of Edgar Allan Poe (within shouting distance of this marker); Monumental Lives (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable Buildings
 
As seen from Greene Street image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
5. As seen from Greene Street
Decaying Sandstone Detail image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
6. Decaying Sandstone Detail
Westminster Cemetery Gates
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,537 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 30, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   2, 3. submitted on September 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on March 30, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   6. submitted on September 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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