Put the dead to rest

Put the dead to rest

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As over 500 people were interred within the walls of Roger Williams Mausoleum, located on Cyr Street in Cranston, the loved ones they left behind never imagined that this resting place would not be eternal.

In 1926, Thomas Cullinan completed his new, three-story, private mausoleum. The 52-year-old building contractor designed the enormous stone structure, where compartmented walls were opened to accept caskets for decades.

Cullinan died in 1938, leaving the care of the mausoleum to his daughters, Helen and Katherine. Helen died in 2000 and Katherine in 2002. No provisions were left for care of the building and, since that time, nature has taken its toll. The roof has crumbled, rain and snow have gotten inside, as well as animals, vandals and graverobbers who have opened caskets and removed valuable objects.

After being condemned by the city of Cranston, the structure was fenced off, locked and posted with no-trespassing signs in 2005. Legal hearings as well as plans for removing the bodies inside have gone on for years. However, with an estimate of $6,000 per body for removal and reinternment at another location, neither the city nor the state are able to provide funding. It is up to the families of those who repose there to rescue their deceased from the crumbling building, which will eventually have to be razed.

 

 

Photos by Kelly Sullivan and ADHD Urbex

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