Monday, March 19, 2012

The Chapel Butterfly

The Chapel at the Rural Cemetery stands just west of the main entrance and faces the foot of the Middle Ridge. The brick and stone structure was designed by Robert W. Gibson (the same architect responsible for Albany's Cathedral of All Saints and the Cemetery's Office) has been expanded with modern wings housing a crematorium and community mausoleum, but many of the original details are intact.

The exterior features a series of carved symbols of faith and hope, including crosses, anchors, stars, and this lovely butterfly which has just emerged from its cocoon (a popular symbol of rebirth and resurrection).

Below: A view of the Chapel about a century ago.

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