Lorillard Mausoleum


The twin ionic columned Lorillard mausoleum, built circa 1887, is comfortably nestled in a deeply shaded glen at Woodlawn cemetery. Its heavily rusticated stone walls provide a ready surface for vines and other foliage attach themselves.

George Lyndes Lorillard (d.1886) and other family members achieved considerable wealth as owners of the Lorillard Tobacco Company. Like many wealthy families in the latter half of the 19th century, they also had an interest in horse racing and breeding. The Lorillard Stables were known by enthusiastic turfmen throughout the world.

Another family member, Griswald Lorillard was known as quite an entertainer. One year at the Tuxedo Club Ball, Griswald decided to break with the tradition of wearing white tie formal attire and instead, wore a black jacket with black satin trim. His inventive new style in men’s apparel became known as the tuxedo.

Griswald was one of the founders of the town of Tuxedo Park, New York.
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[address cemetery=”The Woodlawn Cemetery” street=”East 233rd Street” city=”Bronx” state=”New York” zip=”10470″]

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