Mt. Auburn Cemetery Tour :: SASLA Recap
On the evening of November 6th, fellow Boston Architectural College students took on an adventurous tour of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, located in Cambridge, MA, led by James Gorman, teacher of plant taxonomy at the college. Sharing his wealth of knowledge of Mt. Auburn, students and fellow peers were eager to follow along.
Built in 1831 Mt. Auburn Cemetery, which functions as both a cemetery and a public park, follows the style of an English picturesque landscape, as it is not predictable. There is a varying topography as well as many elliptical curves amongst the 175 acres of the site. A master plan was used to create different zones to explore, such as a rural cemetery zone that focuses on native plant species versus a park land cemetery that is designed around the idea of a canopy of trees above a lawn.
zones while in a rural cemetery zone.
With the varying topography, Mt. Auburn Cemetery provides many stunning views of both the natural landscape and the Boston cityscape in the distance.
The darkness doesn’t stop the adventure, as the group embraced the experience of a flashlight-lit tour.
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