Description: Mausoleum of Julius Beer in Highgate (Western) Cemetery
Date Listed: 14 May 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 478248
OS Grid Reference: TQ2833487151
OS Grid Coordinates: 528334, 187151
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5686, -0.1497
TQ2887SW SWAIN'S LANE
798-1/5/1557 (West side)
14/05/74 Mausoleum of Julius Beer in Highgate
(Formerly Listed as:
HIGHGATE (WESTERN) CEMETERY
Mausoleum to Julius Beer)
Mausoleum situated above the Columbarium (qv). c1878. By John
Oldrid Scott, based on the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of
the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Stone. Square plan.
Channelled clasping pilasters support similarly rusticated
Diocletian windows with continuous hoodmoulds and antefixae,
from behind which rises a pyramidal roof, carved to appear as
tiled, with oculi and cross finial. Panels beneath windows
have Ionic pilasters. Architraved doorway with cornice and
inscription "Mausoleum of Julius Beer" in panel below; good
bronze gates by the Bromsgrove Guild.
INTERIOR: in Quattrocento style with marble carving by HH
Armstead. 2 sarcophagi; Beer's opposite entrance, with swagged
frieze, standing in front of a round-arched high relief panel
depicting an angel raising a winged child. The whole framed by
paired Corinthian columns, on pedestals, with enriched dentil
entablature. Lit by patterned stained glass windows.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Julius Beer made his fortune from the Stock
Exchange and owned The Observer newspaper. He died in 1880 but
had bought the plot and commissioned the architect in 1876.
Listing NGR: TQ2833487151
Source: English Heritage
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