Heurich Mausoleum

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Heurich Mausoleum
Heurich Mausoleum by Louis Amateis - Rock Creek Cemetery - Washington, D.C. - Stierch - D.jpg
Artist Louis Amateis
Year ca. 1895 (ca. 1895)
Type Bronze & Granite
Dimensions 240 cm × 110 cm × 70 cm (96 in × 43.2 in × 27.6 in)
Location Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates 38°56′46.95″N 77°0′40.7″W / 38.9463750°N 77.011306°W / 38.9463750; -77.011306
Owner Rock Creek Cemetery

Heurich Mausoleum is a public artwork by sculptor Louis Amateis, located at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C., United States.[1] "Heurich Mausoleum" was originally surveyed as part of the Smithsonian's Save Outdoor Sculpture! survey in May 1993. This sculpture is the final resting place of members of the Heurich family.[2]


Four caryatids are attached to each corner of a granite mausoleum (15 by 22 by 16 feet or 4.6 by 6.7 by 4.9 metres). They each have wings and stand with their hands clasped in front of their waist with their eyes closed. The placement has their heads touching the roof of the mausoleum and their bare feet rest on a low ledge. Two of the figures have braided hair, one has hair that hangs down over her shoulders and the final figure has a cape pulled around her head. The back of the mausoleum has a stained glass window showing an angel holding a scroll that is inscribed with the word Peace.

The caryatids are signed:

Gorham MFG CO Founders

Over the mausoleum door it is inscribed: HEURICH

The interior wall of the mausoleum is inscribed in German:

In Tiefem
Schmerz Kein
Furs Herz[2]


Louis Amateis was born in Turin, Italy on December 13, 1855. Studying architecture at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Art. With national and regional Italian he also studied in Milan and Paris before moving to New York City in 1883. Working as an architectural sculptor at McKim, Mead, and White he married his wife, Dora Ballin, in 1889. After getting married, the couple and their four sons moved to Washington, D.C. where he founded the School of Architecture and Fine Arts at what became George Washington University. He served as chairman from 1892-1902.[1] He died March 18, 1913 of apoplexy.[3] His son, Edmond, went on to be a prominent sculptor as well.

Amateis has designed work for the United States Capitol and busts of Chester A. Arthur, General Winfield Scott Hancock, General John Logan, Andrew Carnegie among others.[1]


The Heurich family mausoleum was originally located at their family dairy farm in Prince George's County, Maryland. The farm was located in Hyattsville, in a large part of the southern portion of the tract of land contained within Queen's Chapel Road, Ager Road, University Boulevard, and Adelphi Road. The Prince George's Plaza shopping mall, (now known as the Mall at Prince Georges), was built on the site of the home and dairy barn. The mausoleum was moved to Rock Creek Cemetery in 1951 after Mrs. Heurich (Christian Heurich's third wife) sold the farm.[2][4]


The Heurich Mansion

This mausoleum serves as the final resting place to members of the Heurich family. Christian Heurich (1842–1945) immigrated from Germany to the United States in 1866. In 1872 he founded Christian Heurich Brewing Company in Washington, which was first located in Dupont Circle, then relocated to a much larger site in 1895 between what is now the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge and the Kennedy Center. The brewery closed in 1956 and was torn down in 1961. The Heurichs lived in Dupont Circle in what is known as the Brewmaster's Castle.[5]

The stained glass located on the back wall was designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.[2]


This sculpture was surveyed in 1993 for its condition and it was described as needing treatment.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Curlee, Kendall & Rebecca H. Green (2010). "AMATEIS, LOUIS". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Save Outdoor Sculptures! (1993). "Heurich Mausoleum, (sculpture)". SOS!. Smithsonian. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Prof. Louis Amateis Dead.". New York Times. 19 March 1913. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Mark (2010). "The Brewery Begins". Christian Heurich. Rustycans. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Peck, Garrett (2014). Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C. Charleston, SC: The History Press. ISBN 978-1626194410. 

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