Howard Monument Restoration

HOWARD PYRAMID

Mark Howard (1817-1887) was a successful insurance executive, most noted for proposing a dual responsibility system. He was also active in politics and is credited with helping to establish the Republican Party in Connecticut. After organizing a system for collections, Abraham Lincoln appointed Howard the state’s first internal revenue collector. Howard also made considerable profits in western land deals.

Howard commissioned New England Granite Works, owned and operated by James Batterson, to create the monument for his large lot on Section 5. The 18-foot tall red Westerly granite pyramid exemplifies the Victorian taste for Egyptian style and ornamentation. Fashionable throughout the 19th century and into the 1920s, the style incorporated motifs and imagery of ancient Egypt. The pagan origins of the pyramid, which referenced the sun god Ra, aroused some concern amongst religious groups. As a result, pyramids in American cemeteries often include Christian symbols, commonly angels.

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Treatment of Angel Statue:
The marble sculpture was soiled, marred by gypsum deposits, and exhibited minor cracks and material losses to the toes, nose, right hand, left finger and right wing. The noted concerns were both visually distracting and can lead to future deterioration. Treatment included cleaning, removing deposits, consolidating stone and replacing losses to address both cosmetic and preservation concerns.

Thank you to the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation for its generous grant support of the Howard monument restoration. The Mortensen Foundation awarded Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation a $6,250 grant which was matched with donations designated for our Monument Fund.

For a more detailed description of the preservation project, visit our Update Page.

 

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