Van Ness Mausoleum

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Van Ness Mausoleum
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Van Ness Mausoleum is located in Washington, D.C.
Van Ness Mausoleum
Location Oak Hill Cemetery, 3001 R St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′42″N 77°3′16″W / 38.91167°N 77.05444°W / 38.91167; -77.05444Coordinates: 38°54′42″N 77°3′16″W / 38.91167°N 77.05444°W / 38.91167; -77.05444
Built 1833
Architect George Hadfield
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP December 17, 1982

The Van Ness Mausoleum was designed by George Hadfield. It is said to be a copy of the Temple of Vesta in Rome.[2][3]


It was constructed in 1833, after the architect's death in 1826, initially for Marcia Burns Van Ness, the wife of John Peter Van Ness who died in 1832.[4] The mausoleum was originally on H Street in Washington, D.C., on the grounds of the orphan asylum founded by Mrs. Van Ness.[5] Built at an estimated cost of $34,000 with space for 18, it ultimately held 7, including John Peter Van Ness, who was interred inside in 1847. The mausoleum was moved by Colonel W. H. Philip to Oak Hill Cemetery in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., in 1872.[2] The structure was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[6]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Townsend, George Alfred (1874). "Washington, Outside and Inside". James Betts & Co.: 608. 
  3. ^ "Interments in the Congressional Cemetery" (PDF). July 17, 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 18, 2004. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  4. ^ Cutter, William Richard; Adams, William Frederick (1908). "Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of". Lewis historical publishing company: 380. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  5. ^ Ridgely, Helen West (1908). "Historic Graves of Maryland and the District of Columbia". The Grafton press: 248. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  6. ^ "District of Columbia". National Register of Historic Places. 

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