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Abbott, Judson, 2010. Bonaventure Cemetery of Savannah, Georgia and St. Roch Cemetery of New Orleans, Louisiana : an historical overview and comparison study. First cycle, G2E. Alnarp: SLU, Landscape Architecture (until 121231)



Savannah, Georgia and New Orleans, Louisiana, two cities in the southeastern United States demonstrating many similarities in their natural environments, differ greatly in cemetery design. To illustrate this difference, this paper analyzes Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery and New Orleans's St. Roch Cemetery. Through a comparison study and an overview of the historical contexts in which these two cemeteries were constructed, this paper seeks to both explore the practical and functional aspects of their designs and to gain insight into their cultural and ideological inspirations. The study indicates that Bonaventure Cemetery was created in the spirit of the 19th century
American Rural Cemetery Movement which endorsed burial in a rural idyll with “nature” as a model. The origins of the design of St. Roch, on the other hand, seem to have been more diffuse. This cemetery's design appears to have resulted from a blending of French and Spanish cultural roots, Catholic tradition and the unique hydrological circumstances present in New Orleans. A review of these results then leads to a discussion of what cultural values the respective cemetery designs reflect.

Main title:Bonaventure Cemetery of Savannah, Georgia and St. Roch Cemetery of New Orleans, Louisiana
Subtitle:an historical overview and comparison study
Authors:Abbott, Judson
Supervisor:Jakobsson, Anna
Examiner:Bucht, Eivor
Series:Självständigt arbete vid LTJ-fakulteten, SLU
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2010
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:YLARK Landscape Architecture Programme (admitted before July 1, 2007) 300 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Landscape Architecture (until 121231)
Keywords:cemeteries, Bonaventure, New Orleans, Savannah, design
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Landscape architecture
Social sciences, humanities and education
Deposited On:26 Apr 2010 09:38
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:12

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