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.