The surprisingly non-egomaniacal gravestones of architects
By Henry H. Kuehn
,July 2, 2017, 12:00 a.m.
When I first started researching the places where famous architects are buried, I imagined that many of them would have left big, self-congratulatory monuments behind. Here, after all, were the people who shaped the face of America over centuries. It seemed logical that the most influential architects would have put some thought and effort into how they themselves would be remembered.
As it turns out, very few architects have grave markers that capture their own style. Far from designing self-aggrandizing memorials to themselves, few seemed to put much thought at all into what their final resting place would look like. Most of the people who created landmark structures during their times are still quite like the rest of us, avoiding an uncomfortable topic and leaving it up to their survivors to settle on a fitting memorial.
Here are the gravesites of three architects with strong Massachusetts connections.
Henry H. Kuehn is the author of “Architects’ Gravesites: A Serendipitous Guide.”