Wainwright Tomb - St. Louis, Missouri
Posted by: BruceS
N 38° 41.379 W 090° 13.493
15S E 741369 N 4285993
Quick Description: Tomb designed by same architect who designed the Wainwright Building in downtown St. Louis. This tomb is located in Bellefontaine Cemetery in north St. Louis.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 1/26/2008 12:15:46 PM
Waymark Code: WM31N8
From Missouri - A Guide to the "Show Me" State - St. Louis section:
The WAINWRIGHT TOMB, memorializing Charlotte Dickson
Wainwright (d. 1891) and her husband Ellis Wainwright (d. 1924), is considered
one of the masterpieces of Louis Sullivan, Chicago architect. Completed in
1892, the grey limestone structure is surmounted by a low dome. Bands of
rich and delicate carving contrasting with plain surfaces, rather than any
specific decorative motif, give the tomb an unmistakable Oriental quality.
In 1892, soon after he completed the Wainwright Building, Louis
Sullivan was commissioned to design a tomb for Charlotte Dickson Wainwright, the
wife of St. Louis brewer, Ellis Wainwright. This
website has copies of Sullivan's original plans for the Wainwright Tomb.
The Wainwright Tomb located in Bellefontaine Cemetery was listed on the National
Register of Historical Places in 1970.