By the 1850s, Green-Wood was second only to Niagara Falls as an American tourist attraction. Many guides were written over the years describing Green-Wood’s grounds. Those guides offer great and varied information. Always on the lookout to increase my Green-Wood knowledge, I recently came across a guide to Green-Wood from 1901, written by Louisa Richardson: … Read more
What a very special Green-Wood weekend! This year, for the 10th year in a row, The Green-Wood Historic Fund took part in openhousenewyork, a celebration of architecture and design in the Big Apple. But this year was different. Last year, for the very first time in Green-Wood’s long history (174 years and counting), we opened … Read more
This Saturday and Sunday, volunteers, in character and costume, will fan out across Green-Wood’s grounds to present a production like no other: “Open ‘Houses.” Last year, for the first time, the Green-Wood Historic Fund opened up many of its mausoleums to the public for the first time. For the blog post on that weekend, click … Read more
Green-Wood Historic volunteers have been attending research sessions on Saturdays for years now. These sessions, held about once a month, began as searches of cemetery records for hints that might lead to the identification of Civil War veterans. About a year ago, they morphed, under the supervision of Brooklyn College’s Professor Tony Cucchiara, into archival … Read more
Two of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge, were pioneers of American stained glass in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tiffany and his studio were prolific–they so dominated stained glass lamp manufacturing that virtually any stained glass lamp, whether by Tiffany or someone else, is now referred to as … Read more
Celebrating February birthdays are Green-Wood’s permanent residents: February 3, 1811: Horace Greeley was the founder and editor of the New York Tribune which boasted the largest national circulation of any newspaper in the United States in the mid-19th-century. A political and social activist, he advocated many causes, including workers’ and women’s rights, manifest destiny and … Read more
At a recent Weschler’s auction in Washington, D.C., Green-Wood’s permanent residents did very well. The top lot of the auction was “A Young Aspiring Sailor” by John George Brown (1831-1913), which soared to $192,950. A native of England, Brown studied painting there, then came to America in 1853 and settled in Brooklyn. There he continued … Read more
I very much am looking forward to Sunday. Peter Kenny, a decorative arts curator at The Metropolitan Museum, is giving a talk at 1:00 p.m.
While wandering around Bar Harbor, Maine, I came across St. Savior’s Episcopal Church. It is quite a place, with 42 memorial windows, including 10 by Louis Comfort Tiffany, one of Green-Wood’s permanent residents. Here’s a sampling of some of Tiffany’s great work there.
Louis Comfort Tiffany was quite the genius. The son of Charles Tiffany, who founded Tiffany and Company, he was a talented painter, interior designer, and stained glass artist. He is, of course, interred at Green-Wood Cemetery. Tiffany is best known today for his stained glass lamps. But, that would have greatly frustrated him. He did … Read more