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Westminster Church and Cemetery

 
 
Westminster Church and Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
1. Westminster Church and Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  
Originally called the Western .... Here lie the graves of Revolutionary patriots, veterans of the War of 1812, and many of Baltimore's most distinguished … including Mayor James Calhoun, Colonel James McHenry, and General Samuel Smith. … international importance is the tomb of Edgar Allan Poe, constructed in part with pennies collected from Baltimore schoolchildren.

Maximilien Godefroy, architect of the Battle Monument and St. Mary's Chapel, designed many of the older and larger burial vaults … and the Egyptian style entrance on Greene Street.

As the city pushed westward during the 1840's and '50's, the Presbyterians feared the historic graves would be neglected or vandalized, so they built a church above them. Designed in the perpendicular English style by Thomas and James Dixon and Thomas Balbirnie, Westminster Church was completed in 1852.
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCemeteries & Burial Sites
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. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1812.
 
Location. 39° 17.412′ N, 76° 37.412′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in University of Maryland. Marker is on West Fayette Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 W Fayette St, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 26 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Westminster Hall & Burying Ground: Where Baltimore's History Rests in Peace (here, next to this marker); Poe’s Baltimore (here, next to this marker); Among the Illustrious Men (here, next to this marker); Final Rest (here, next to this marker); A La Memorie D’Edgar Allan Poe (here, next to this marker); John McDonogh (here, next to this marker); The McDonoghs of Baltimore (here, next to this marker); A Monument to the Memory of Edgar Allan Poe (a few steps from this marker); An 18th-Century Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); “…a truly affectionate wife” (a few steps from this marker); Building Atop the Burying Ground (a few steps from this marker); The Sleep of Young Innocents (within shouting distance
Westminster Church and Cemetery image. Click for more information.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 26, 2008
2. Westminster Church and Cemetery
of this marker); The Gilmors (within shouting distance of this marker); A Mother’s Grief (within shouting distance of this marker); Infusing Style and Sophistication: The Influence of Maximilian Godefroy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carriage Gates of Westminster Burying Ground (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); Rev. Patrick Allison (within shouting distance of this marker); Believe it or Not (within shouting distance of this marker); Monumental Lives (within shouting distance of this marker); Dugan-Hollins Family Vault (within shouting distance of this marker); James McHenry (within shouting distance of this marker); Among Family: Poe’s Original Burial Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Burial Place of Edgar Allan Poe (within shouting distance of this marker); Bernard von Kapff (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,612 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 26, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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