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Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
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We mention Westminster Cemetery for two reasons only. First and foremost is the fact that most visitors to nearby West Laurel Hill will pass by on the way to or from that lovely place. Naturally, taphophiles will be curious as to whether or not Westminster is worth exploring. Our answer is a resounding "yes," though not for the reasons one might assume.
Aside from several somewhat-attractive monuments and one or two lovely mausoleums, there isn't much to hold one's attention. So...why the recommendation to take a few moments and dip into Westminster? Our answer... The Schoenhut Family Memorial.
Albert Schoenhut made his fortune as a manufacturer of toys, especially dolls and miniature pianos. At the height of its success in 1901, his company employed 125 people and occupied a five-story building. All six of Mr. Schoenhut's sons joined the business and made their fortunes as well.
Sadly, the company began to falter during the Great Depression and by 1935 it went bankrupt. Happily for any lover of beauty, however, the Schoenhuts left behind a breathtaking tomb. It consists of a graceful curved wall engraved with the names of deceased family members, a coffin-shaped slab that guards the underground vault and one amazing bronze angel: the overall impression is one of understated elegance. Enjoy the photos below and, should you ever happen to find yourself in the area, be certain to take a few moments to travel to Westminster and revel in the beauty of this monument yourself.