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Congressional Cemetery, Latrobe Cenotaphs, Eighteenth & E Streets, Southeast, Washington, District of Columbia, DC
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Southeast, Washington, DC
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS DC-424
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-44).
Building/structure dates: 1815 initial construction
Significance: These cenotaphs were designed by noted architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1815 as memorials to congressmen who died in office. Although several hundred o the monuments were reacted,less than eighty bodies of congressmen and prominent citizens were interred under them. Their use was discontinued in 1877 after a senator remarked that being buried beneath one would add a new terror to death.
Funeral Rites & Ceremonies
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry
Boucher, Jack E., Photographer
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF CENOTAPHS ALONG ROADWAY
CLOSER VIEW OF CENOTAPHS ALONG ROADWAY
CLOSE VIEW OF ROWS OF CENOTAPHS
VIEW OF CENOTAPHS IN CONTEXT, A VIEW THAT EMPHASIZES THE STARK GEOMETRY OF LATROBE'S DESIGN
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