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Arlington Cemetery

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1895; 1921, A. E. Wightman. 2900 State Rd., 2 miles west of Upper Darby
  • (© George E. Thomas)

Cemeteries reflect contemporary architectural and cultural themes; for example, Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia ( PH134) is a repository of nineteenth-century historical revivals while also representing the shift from the classical to the picturesque in landscape. Arlington Cemetery, founded in 1895, was surrounded by massive walls by A. E. Wightman in 1921. In the 1980s, as modern media made everything mobile, it was reinvented as a historical theme park with 5/8 re-creations of George Washington's Mount Vernon as an on-site funeral home and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello as a columbarium. Will Robert E. Lee's Arlington House in Virginia be miniaturized next?

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Arlington Cemetery", [Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 231-231.

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