Austell Mausoleum Spires

Spires atop the Gothic Revival-style Austell Mausoleum with clouds in the background. Photographed at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.
“Austell Mausoleum Spires”

For a little change of pace, here’s an architectural detail of Gothic Revival-style spires atop the Austell Mausoleum in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery. (Yep, this is another one from the series that I worked on recently.) It’s really a gorgeous building.

The mausoleum’s occupant, Gen. Alfred Austell, served as Brigadier-General of the Georgia State Militia during the Civil War. After the war, he founded the Atlanta National Bank, which became Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo, thanks to a corporate buy-out). Other business ventures included cotton dealing and railroad building. He died in 1881.

The New Georgia Encyclopedia has more information on Gen. Austell.

© 2015 Karen Joslin