Friends Awarded Grant for Gateway Project
As the point of entry for over 200,000 visitors annually, Mount Auburn’s Egyptian Revival Gateway on Mount Auburn Street is one of the Cemetery’s most highly visible structures and a local landmark. For over 170 years, this portal has welcomed visitors and today serves the public by sheltering notice boards, offering literature and maps, and housing an electronic kiosk used for self-service grave lookups and information. It is with great excitement that we announce that the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery has been awarded a $130,000 matching Capital Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund to preserve the Gateway’s original cast iron fence, clean and repair the granite exterior, and replace deteriorating information displays and racks.
Restoration of the Egyptian Revival Gateway is part of a long term vision to improve access and educate visitors while maintaining the historic integrity of the Cemetery’s entry precinct. Many public programs offered by the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery begin at the Gateway, so the story of its evolution through time – including these repairs – will only enhance visitor understanding of its significance to the larger narrative of the landscape.
Funding has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.