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Melson Mausoleum

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1915, Barry Byrne. Elmwood Cemetery, S. Federal Ave. and S.W. 14th St.

The Melson mausoleum brings the design principles of the Prairie architect into clear focus, with no disruption of mundane functional living requirements. Two low masonry slabs hug the center slab, which is slightly higher. Between them is a piece of finely polished granite with the family name on it. This slab sits on a thin, horizontal stone base which projects out and locks into the adjoining slabs. It is all very simple, but visually very impressive.

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Author: 
David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Melson Mausoleum", [Mason City, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-NO213.

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Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 415-415.

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