Here is the very last gasp of the Egyptian style. The mausoleum is thoroughly modern and simple, but still has the shape and winged sun disk to show that it is meant to be Egyptian.
In-ground burial vaults like this had gone out of fashion in most of our cemeteries by the late nineteenth century, but there are two later ones in the Highwood Cemetery. This one, with its rustic stone, is indescribably picturesque and looks like a relic of some vanished ancient culture, but it probably dates from about 1880.
Father Pitt does not know the date of this mausoleum, but the style and the dates of other burials in the same area suggest the 1890s. It is a small thing compared to some of the magnificent mausoleums in the Union Dale Cemetery nearby, but it is in very good taste: the classical style is rich without ostentation, the bronze doors are well matched to the style of the whole, and the Boston ivy adds a romantically picturesque touch.
A very luxurious combination of polished granite and bronze, this monument is hard for Father Pitt to date. A William McLean who died in 1873 has a headstone in this plot, but that seems too early for this style of monument. Three McLean children were buried here in the 1890s, but even that seems early. If Father Pitt had to guess from the style, he might say that the monument itself was erected in the 1920s, perhaps replacing an earlier marble monument from 1873 that had already eroded beyond recognition.