Founded in 1878, Homewood is named after Judge William Wilkins's estate and his Greek Revival mansion, which stood nearby from the 1830s to the 1920s. The cemetery's 205 acres constitute about half of Wilkins's former estate, with the other half now Frick Park and the residential streets in Point Breeze and Squirrel Hill. The Romanesque Revival and Beaux-Arts mausolea for the Fricks, Mellons, Heinzes, Mestas, and Rockwells constitute a true necropolis, whose visual and social order mimics the nearby streets that the industrial barons dominated when they were alive. The cluster of buildings at the entrance includes a Gothic Revival chapel and Tudor Revival gatehouse and administration building.
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