Poth Mausoleum


The Poth mausoleum is a Classical Revival showcase with a flowery topped dome punctuated with a stylized pine-apple, antifixes on every corner, Corinthian columns, stained glass above the door, dentils, twin bronze capped urns, wreathes and more. All of this ornament seems fitting for a baron, even if he was a “beer baron”.

Frederick August Poth (1840-1905), was born in Germany and came to Philadelphia in 1861. By 1863 he had married and set up a small brewery in his backyard. Mr. Poth had both business acumen and good brewing recipes. By 1875, F.A. Poth and Sons was the largest brewery in the United States, a claim it held until Poth’s death in 1905. In addition to his brewery, Poth was quite active in real estate, acquiring and developing properties in the Parkside Avenue, Viola Street and Memorial Hall areas of Philadelphia.
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[address cemetery=”West Laurel Hill Cemetery” street=”Lower Merion” city=”Bala Cynwyd” state=”Pennsylvania” zip=”19004″]

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