Riordan Memorial - Columbus, OH
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Quick Description: The Riordan Memorial is located in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 7/14/2011 2:27:55 PM
Waymark Code: WMC1H8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
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Long Description:
Smithsonian Art Inventory Description: "Grey granite elements resembling a Greek temple with four columns, a decorative frieze, and a pediment. Fourteen bronze wreathes are arranged around the four sides of the frieze."

The decorative frieze appears to be of an old woman, possibly a Native American woman. The Memorial has RIORDAN in bronze letters set into the base. There are several Riordan family members in the cemetery and perhaps this memorial was placed in homage to them all or to a specific member of the family, but that information does not appear to be available anywhere.

The cemetery where the memorial is located has quite a history. An historical marker at the entrance to the cemetery provides the following information:

"Landscape architect Howard Daniels designed the original portion of Green Lawn Cemetery in 1848. Noted Columbus architect Frank Packard designed Green Lawn's Chapel mausoleum, the Hayden family mausoleum, and the Packard mausoleum. Spanning over 360 acres, the cemetery's wooded setting provides a habitat for a variety of birds and other wildlife. The Chapel contains stunning stained glass windows and mosaic artwork by Tiffany & Company of New York. The monuments, obelisks, and memorials throughout the cemetery represent a wealth of artwork and a history of Columbus. As one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Ohio, Green Lawn is the resting-place of many noted individuals who have made significant contributions to Columbus, Franklin County and the nation."

"Interments here include: Gordon Battelle - founder of Battelle Memorial Institute, a center for creative research and invention development; Samuel Bush - president of Buckeye Steel Castings and grandfather and great grandfather of United States Presidents George Bush and George W. Bush; Dr. Lincoln Goodale - first physician to practice in Franklinton, now Columbus; P. W. Huntington - founder of Huntington National Bank in Columbus in 1866 and member of Green Lawn's Board of Trustees for over forty years; Simon Lazarus - began Lazarus department stores in 1851; James Poindexter - barber, minister, conductor on the Underground Railroad, and first African American to be elected to Columbus City Council; James Rhodes - the longest serving governor of Ohio; Eddie Rickenbacker - famed racecar driver and World War I flying ace; Lucas Sullivant - surveyor and planner of the city of Franklinton in 1797; James Thurber - twentieth century humorist author and cartoonist; and honored veterans of every war since the Civil War."
TITLE: Riordan Memorial

ARTIST(S): Unknown

DATE: Unknown

MEDIUM: Granite


Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Avenue, Section 85, Columbus, Ohio 43223

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