Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Pyramid in Charleston

Pyramid, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
 (Velvia slide film)



The W. B. Smith Pyramid is one of about 30 surviving pyramid mausoleums in the U.S.  It was built during the exotic Egyptian Revival period of the mid-19th century. 


The beautiful and gothic Magnolia Cemetery contains the graves of prominent South Carolinians, and in particular many who perished during the American Civil War, including the crew of the CSS Hunley submarine. 

It is a favorite place of mine to explore on occasion, to search for unique or atmospheric photography. Today's image is published in this month's issue of Charleston Magazine.


22 comments:

  1. We seem to have similar subject matter, if very different styles, on this fine day, Doug. I've never seen this kind of memorial in England.

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  2. Interesting Mausoleum. Nice shot, too.
    Thank you for stopping by, Doug. Yes, Doug, I am a Geologist by profession, but in the real world, I end up by being a subject specialist for Records Management where I work. No complaints. I suppose, Geologists and Cameras are inseparable. It's a matter of you win some, you lose some. This is my destiny and I really love the variety of things I am able to do.

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  3. It's interesting that in many countries (inter alia mine) there are such buildings!

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  4. I love the light on this pyramid. Just superb

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  5. Interesting, and a wondeful photo !

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  6. Who would know about pyramidical tombs? Fascinating. Great photo. Velvia is super film. Who does your developing?

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  7. fascinating, doug! i'm a sucker for cemeteries and always make it a point to visit one or two when i travel. i regret to say i missed this one, apparently! i think the social and cultural significance of these places cannot be regarded highly enough.
    i case you're interested, here's an example of the egyptian period from highgate cemetery in london: http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2900410200027350826lQCeGM

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  8. How cool! I've never seen a Pyramid Mausoleum before!

    Sequoia

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  9. A beautiful picture and a very interesting story to go along with.
    By the way, in the center of the city I work in (Karlsruhe) there is a pyramid mausoleum, too (it contains the grave of the founder of the city).

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  10. Lots of above ground burial sites in SC?

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  11. very nice. seeing the Spanish moss is a nostalgia trip for me.

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  12. Well done, D!
    Congrats.
    You gotta add a new icon below "2012 Festival of Houses and Gardens"!
    Like they say it, if you've got it, flaunt it.

    Who stole the other urn by the entrance?
    Did you pet yak eat it?!

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  13. Wonderful lighting and composition, congratulations on having it published too. I had never heard of the exotic Egyptian Revival.

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  14. Ancient Egypt has never quite gone out of style. But back then, people had a thing for it.

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  15. You do have a way of finding the unique and atmospheric places of interest, Doug! Congratulations.

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  16. Wow - I learn something new every day - a submarine in the Civil War. I never knew they existed that early on - except in Mr Da Vinci's prolific imagination.

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  17. Impressive: it is necessary to have high one self-respect to be built such a grave!!! Reminds me some grave from the Père Lachaise cimetery in Paris!
    Have a nice day.

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  18. wow, seems very unusual.. :) imagine someone unfamiliar walking around the area and then finding this structure..

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