Essential Architecture-  Chicago Northeast

Getty Tomb

architect

Louis Sullivan

location

Graceland Cemetery, Clark Street and Irving Park Road

date

1890

style

Sullivanesque

construction

Stone

type

Tomb
 
 
   
   
The quiet elegance of this tomb celebrates life amidst the cemetery's somber environment of death. An architectural writer once described it as being "as near perfection as mortals are allowed to approach." Its beauty is achieved through a combination of simple geometric shapes and rich delicately proportioned ornamentation. The tomb is located in an area of Graceland Cemetery that contains the graves or monuments of such prominent Chicago families as the Potter Palmers, George Pullmans, and Marshall Fields. The Getty Tomb was built by businessman Henry Harrison Getty for his wife, Carrie Eliza Getty.

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