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Property Name Beecher Mausoleum
Reference Number 13000714
State Illinois
County Will
Town Beecher Vicinity
Street Address Junction of Route 1 and Homer Lane
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/18/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Social History, Engineering
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The Beecher Mausoleum is eligible for the National Register under Criteria A and C. It is eligible under Criterion A because of the community's embrace of a burial method not previously practiced in the United States. This represents a shift in cultural and social norms and is significant under social history. The mausoleum is also eligible under Criterion C because of its high level of architectural craftsmanship and engineering. Criteria Consideration C is marked due to the building's use as a community mausoleum in which the remains of people are placed in crypts, though technically not graves in the traditional practice of burial.


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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria