Blue-Sky Mausoleum (1928), Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York


Between 1925 and 1928, Darwin D. Martin, general manager of the Larkin Soap Company, commissioned Wright to design a mausoleum for his family at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Due to the 1929 stock market crash, the Great Depression, and other events responsible for Martin’s loss of wealth, the structure was never built during Wright’s lifetime.

In 2004, Forest Lawn Cemetery constructed Blue-Sky Mausoleum in conjunction with an architect trained by Wright himself, based on extensive research into Wright’s drawings, notes, and correspondence. Two cascades of white granite steps cap twenty-four double-tiered crypts. Because Wright envisioned the trees and the sky creating a sense of enclosure surrounding the crypts, the Blue-Sky Mausoleoum has no walls and ceiling.

 
Location: Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209
Grounds are open to the public 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. April through October. Closing time changes when Daylight Savings Time changes.
 


Sources:
Thomas A. Heinz, Frank Lloyd Wright Field Guide (2005), p. 401.
“The Story Behind Blue Sky Mausoleum: Two Exceptional Men and an Extraordinary Friendship,” The Blue Sky Mausoleum, http://www.blueskymausoleum.com/the-story/.