This silent, subterranean city of more than 100,000 opened in 1892 on what had been the Clear Creek farm of Bishop Joseph P. Machebeuf, the French missionary who brought Catholicism to northern Colorado. Among many fine monuments, the finest is the mausoleum of the Reed family. This $250,000 votive chapel of St. Benedict above the family burial crypt was carved in Carrara marble by Raffaello Romanelli in Florence, Italy. It is a rich interpretation at small scale of the late Gothic style of the cathedral of Milan. Bronze doors and grillwork and the stained glass windows, which shed soft light on the relief carving clustered around the three altars on the interior, were also made in Italy. Work on the chapel began following the death of gold and oil millionaire Verner Z. Reed in 1919, and the chapel was shipped to Colorado and dedicated in 1923. The elegant landscaping is by Saco R. DeBoer.
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Mount Olivet Cemetery
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