Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, Massachusetts


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This cemetery, located in Watertown and Cambridge, Massachusetts exemplifies the characteristics of rural cemeteries - stone monuments seated within a tranquil retreat with grass lawns, flowers, shrubs and trees . These qualities that have become embedded in the American consciousness were born in 1831 at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts. Mount Auburn initiated the great age of American cemetery-building and influenced the design of public parks, monuments, and suburbs. It profoundly reflects19th-century attitudes about death, and had a great influence on the design of other cemeteries. While changes have occurred over the years, Mount Auburn Cemetery's original design and rural character create a well-preserved cultural landscape that is largely intact as a distinct American design. Within its present 170 acres, Mount Auburn can be explored as a museum with "period rooms," representing all aspects of American cemetery design and cultural traditions. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 27, 2003

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 21, 1975
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Egyptian Revival,Medieval
Areas of significance
Landscape Architecture; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Cemetery; Park
Current functions
Cemetery; Park
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1831; 1843; 1853
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • March 1, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett