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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.
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By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
2. The Italian Vault
Texas Historic Landmark-1992

 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7497.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesFraternal or Sororal Organizations.
 
Location. 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. Located in the southeast section of Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2506 65th Street, Galveston TX 77551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Valentine T. Dalton (within shouting distance of this marker); William Tennant Austin (approx. ¼ mile away); The Rev. Henry P. Young (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rosewood Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Burial Site of David G. Burnet (1788-1870) (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Ducky's Beach" (approx. half a mile away); Peter Leroy Colombo (approx. half a mile away); Original Site of St. Mary's Orphan Asylum (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Also see . . .  Calvary Catholic Cemetery. (Submitted on November 29, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Additional keywords.
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.
Italian American
 
The Italian Vault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
4. The Italian Vault Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 820 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 26, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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