In 1874, the Town of Brookline authorized the purchase of land at Grove Street and Allandale Road to supplement the town's colonial burying ground. Ernest Bowditch provided a design in 1875 that respected the natural quality of the gently undulating site, punctured by outcroppings of Roxbury puddingstone. A Brookline native, Bowditch also laid out residential subdivisions in the Waban, Aberdeen, and Chestnut Hill sections of the town. Walnut Hills pioneered in the control of monuments: in 1886, all markers were restricted to uniformly scaled slate stones (later expanded to include Quincy granite as an alternative). Important burials here include the graves of architects Henry Hobson Richardson and Guy Lowell, landscape architect John Charles Olmsted, and Charles Sprague Sargent, first director of the Arnold Arboretum (JP4).
You are here
Walnut Hills Cemetery
If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.
SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.