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Pittsburgh’s Homewood Cemetery-a photo essay

When it comes to the Industrial Age in America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was the place for it all. Individuals who grew up with next to nothing would go on to become some of the wealthiest men in the world. The late 19th century brought about the creation of a modern industrial economy, one in which the city of Pittsburgh played a pivotal role. Steel, coke, iron, banking-it was all here, led by men who at the time were called “titans of industry” but today are known as robber barons due to the innumerable ways in which they illegally amassed their fortunes.

Homewood Cemetery is a historic, nonsectarian burial ground that is located in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood. It was established in 1878 and today comprises 200 acres. While there are numerous “average” tombstones, the cemetery is also home to countless mausoleums, some larger than probably the average New York City studio apartment.

There are countless individuals buried here that are well known in the city of Pittsburgh but probably the most famous one on a national scale is Henry Clay Frick who in my opinion was one of the worst of the robber barons due to his cruel and heinous practices towards unions and rights for his workers.

Just like Allegheny Cemetery, Homewood is a unique spot to visit in the city. It’s a place teeming with history whether it is seeing the ornate mausoleum of a famous person or coming across the tombstone of a four month old. I’ve visited Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and excluding the fact that Recoleta is completely flat whereas Homewood is situated on Pittsburgh’s famous hills, Homewood definitely reminded me of it.

Homewood Cemetery

1599 S Dallas Avenue 

Pittsburgh, PA. 15217


November-April: 8 AM-5 PM

May-October: 8 AM-8 PM

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  • Reply
    February 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    these photos are gorgeous – reminds me of the recoleta cemetery in buenos aires. thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      February 3, 2014 at 2:44 am

      Thanks for commenting and your very kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s not known on a global scale like Recoleta is but it’s definitely impressive with the sheer amount of mausoleums it has! I sometimes find that the more local cemeteries are often just as interesting or even more than the “big guns.”

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    JoAnn M.
    February 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    A cemetery is an unusual place to look for beauty, but as your post shows, it can be seen there if you know where to look.

    There are some beautiful buildings and statuary here. The pyramid mausoleum is striking. Love the stained glass shot! Where was it located? The heart tracery on the doors is lovely.

    All the photos are beautiful, but I really love the photo of the bench in front of the mausoleums, it says so much about the location and the one of the delicate branch.

    Thanks for a most unusual post!

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      February 3, 2014 at 2:47 am

      Yes, I was so pleased with how the stained glass shot turned out! It was actually me just peering in the itty bitty gate window. But it was so cool with how it turned out, especially with the reflection of the trees and graves behind it.

      The pyramid one was cool although to me I did find it to look a “bit out of place” although I’m sure the owners were going for the unique factor.

      To me, the area with the lone bench and mausoleums definitely symbolized the quiet nature of a cemetery and even the loneliness of it as well.

      I’m glad you enjoyed, I love visiting cemeteries.

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    February 3, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Wow! It looks like another world. So ethereal and beautiful. Very well captured, Julie! 🙂

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      February 5, 2014 at 2:43 am

      Thanks Renuka for the kind words! I adore visiting cemeteries to be honest 🙂

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    February 3, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I loved visiting cemeteries when I was a kid, so much history, such fabulous stonework! They have a very famous one in Sydney that overlooks the water at Waverley. Have you ever visited the African Burial Ground in NY? We missed it this trip.

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      February 5, 2014 at 2:45 am

      That one in Sydney sounds right up my alley. I actually have never made it to the African Burial Ground. My visits to Lower Manhattan were always limited but it seems like a fascinating place especially considering how far back the city’s origins go!

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