Posted by: Elizabeth | August 11, 2009

A Brick-and-Mortar Death Clock

Hundreds of people showed up for the Full Moon tour of Spring Grove Cemetery last Saturday. They were divided into four tours. It’s a testimony to the cemetery’s size that these tours only passed each other occasionally.

At a Victorian ladies' powder room, now a chapel. 4521 Spring Grove Ave.

At a Victorian ladies' powder room, now a chapel. 4521 Spring Grove Ave.

 

The part that struck me most was the clock tower on what is now called the Historic Office, despite being an empty building:

As seen from the aforementioned powder room. Photo taken the next day.

As seen from the aforementioned powder room. Photo taken the next day.

 

While the ladder visible from inside the tower seems to indicate that this building is being renovated, that’s not why the clock (engraved on all four sides of the tower) has no hands:

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Close up, viewed from the north. (the previous picture is from the west)

According to our tour guide, this clock never had any hands, “Because time has no meaning in a cemetery.”

I wonder if the clock in a post office waiting room should be the same way.

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  1. Did the tour say anything about the Roma (gypsies)? Years ago Cin. Police used to issue warnings about gypsies coming to town to bury their dead at Spring Grove in the spring, and that they would sell fake Rolexes and give fake driveway paving jobs.

    Seriously. The Enquirer used to print them.

  2. No. I took the “Monuments by Moonlight” tour, which focused on mausoleums, family crypts, statues, and the rich people who could afford them.

    Spring Grove also offers a tour about the graves of people who met violent ends. Maybe Roma and others on the fringe of polite society would get mentioned there.

  3. c-e-m-e-t-e-r-y


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