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Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Lauderdale Mausoleum at Elmwood

Posted By on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 12:07 AM

Work is progressing nicely, I think, on the Lauderdale Mausoleum at Elmwood.

We had a bit of a dispute, you may recall, with cemetery officials and the Land Use Control Board, over the amount of neon signage that would be allowed on the roof, spelling out "LAUDERDALE." Eventually we reached a compromise; the 12-foot-high neon letters would be acceptable as long as they didn't actually flash on and off.

When finished, the magnificent building — sheathed in the finest vinyl siding — will contain more bricks than the old Sears Crosstown, and will be large enough to hold precisely 156,784 people, expected to come from all corners of the globe to pay tribute to the Lauderdales and study the beautiful mosaic panels telling the story of our accomplishments in America. Plus, there will be punch and candy.

I'll post another photograph, next time in color, as the structure nears completion.

Oh, I can't wait to go there!

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