Tomb With A View: Swan Point Cemetery and the Development of the Neighborhood of Blackstone in Providence, RI
Clappin, Elizabeth A.
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Architectural History
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architectural History
Works cited: pages 38-39.
"Cemeteries have always held an important role in the functionality of urban areas as a sanitary measure of society. Their secondary role, as a civic force and important part of the built environment is seldom considered however, despite the fact that they as integral parts of neighborhoods particularly in urban areas. This paper will explore the significance of Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island as the driving force behind the transformation of the northeastern portion of the city from rural, swampy, farmland to one of the city’s most exclusive streetcar suburbs in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The cemetery’s role in treatment of the land, promotion and facilitation of civic infrastructure like roads and trolley lines, and subdivision of land for domestic development will all be considered as part of this paper."
Keywords: cemeteries, rural cemeteries, neighborhood development, urban planning, City beautiful, streetcar suburbs, automobile suburbs, domestic development, civic infrastructure
CHAIR: Rossell, E.G. Daves
Taylor, Thomas H., Jr.
PDF : 39 pages, illustrations (some color), maps
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