Category Archives: Allegheny Cemetery

The Allegheny Cemetery is Pittsburgh’s greatest romantic landscape, filled with works by some of America’s most prominent sculptors and architects.

Circular Plots in Allegheny Cemetery

Almost all the walls and fences that used to surround family plots in Allegheny Cemetery have been taken down, but there is an important exception to the rule. In one section of the cemetery are several circular plots where the low stone walls are maintained. Most of them have a central monument with individual graves orbiting it around the edge of the circle; one or two have no central monuments.

The Head plot (above) and the Fitzsimons-Morrison plot (below) are two good examples of the style.


R. R. Frisbee Mausoleum, Allegheny Cemetery

An antebellum burial vault, built in 1858 in a restrained classical style. It looks wonderfully ancient and mysterious when you happen on it back in this woodsy section of the cemetery.

Hax-McCullough Monument, Allegheny Cemetery

A row of Haxes and McCulloughs rests in front of this angel under identical slabs. C. C. Hax died in 1927, and this monument was put up in 1928 (according to the cemetery’s Web site). The Haxes made their money in leather goods and the McCulloughs in electric equipment, so this was what you would call a mixed marriage.

Robb Monument, Allegheny Cemetery

With bonus deer. This exceptionally grand monument is in the most romantic interpretation of the Gothic style. Although C. W. Robb lived until 1892, from the style Father Pitt is almost certain that this was put up when his wife Caroline Amelia died in 1869. C. W. married again; his second wife was nearly thirty years younger than he was, and lived until 1936. She shares a small headstone nearby with their daughter, who also died in 1936.

For some reason, Father Pitt suspects that C. W. Robb may have been an organist.

Wallingford-Davison Family Plot, Allegheny Cemetery

A family plot with a romantic Gothic marble monument, now illegible but still grand in its way. It was once surrounded by an iron fence, but like almost all such fences it has been removed to make life easier for groundskeepers.

We can see where the iron fence once fitted into the stone gateposts.

Note the rusty remnants of an iron gate.