Architecture of Kensico

Stone is solid, elemental, and one of mankind’s most ancient raw materials. This makes it the logical choice for grave sites because it ensures a lasting memorial in honor of a person’s life. Kensico’s stone monuments vary in size, theme, and architectural influence. The monuments chosen for this tour will give only a glimpse of the rich mixture of the beautiful and intriguing architecture of Kensico. Some of the architectural influences seen at Kensico are from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome and India.

The sphinx, pyramid and/or obelisk identify the Egyptian Influence. Greek influence is recognized by the simplicity and grandeur of a design that includes a rectangular or square shape surrounded by columns. Roman influence is very similar to Greek with the possible addition of a doomed roof. A few monuments display the influence of the Romanesque, Art Deco or Gothic design movements. Romanesque, a medieval type of design, is recognized by thick walls, rounded or semicircular arches, and small windows. Gothic, a twelfth to sixteenth century design style, used soaring, light filled interiors with pointed arches. Art Deco, a design movement of the 1920s and 1930s, is marked by linear symmetry and decorative elegance.

#55 Kensico Tower
The Tower is similar in its size and shape to that of a Gothic keep or guard tower. It is Norman in character, c.1034-1055 AD. Constructed of stone with small, narrow windows, it was built in 1928 and is the tallest structure in Kensico at 98 feet. It contains the water for all the gardening needs of Kensico.
#11 Pinkney
Pyramids were burial chambers for the elite of Egyptian society being reserved for royalty or the very wealthy.
#13 Lawrence
This central arch design mimics the stone memorial to King Arthur of legend at Glastonbury Abbey England.
#14 Ayer
This striking sculpture of a woman pointing towards the sky is a Victorian burial symbol expressing a belief in the reward of the righteous.
#15 Weatherbee
The Romanesque period was marked by thick walls, barrel vaults and round arches.
#16 Schley
The pediment sits on two Doric columns and marks the Romanesque influence of the mausoleum which is beautifully sited in a small depression.
#22 Webber
Slender Ionic columns and the elegantly simple door display the influence of classical Greece.
#24 Daniel
This is a graceful example of the influence of ancient Greece with Corinthian columns set in the circular base.
#25 Lounsbery
The intricate carvings, the rounded arches and the Byzantine cross mark the influence of the Romanesque.
#27 Bell
The rounded shape is similar to the Pantheon in Rome built in 118 AD. The massive steps clearly state the strength of the Roman influence.
#34 Landon
Sphinxes guard the entrance walkway to this mausoleum that is Egyptian in design and decoration.
#37 Actors Fund
The obelisk marking this site is the symbol for Ra, the Egyptian sun god. It also signifies rebirth and the afterlife.
#45 Mecca Temple
Twin sphinxes bracket the stairs leading to the exquisite carved lotus columns of Egyptian influence.
#48 Mayer
This cave like mausoleum is unlike any other in Kensico. It imitates a Holy Land tomb recalling the sepulchers and graves carved out of rock.
#49 Andrus
The Doric columns and wide stairs affirm the strong Greek influence of this exquisite tomb.
#52 Edwards
Visually similar to the Taj Mahal at Agra, India, this mausoleum reflects elements of Persian, Islamic and Indian design. Minarets frame the mausoleum.
#53 Wang
The flowing arches with the central walkway recall the interior of a Gothic cathedral.
#59 Billman
Features of the Art Deco movement are recognized here by the curved shape as well as the sinuous and delicate designs of the scrolled doors.