{Throwback Thursday} #KCParks125 #TBTTHOMAS SWOPE MEMORIAL AND CRYPT: Thomas Swope had expressed an interest in being buried in Swope Park. After his death in 1909, his body was kept in a holding vault at Forest Hill Cemetery until a memorial was built. A committee chose the site high on a hill overlooking the entire park. Mr. Swope’s body was placed in the memorial in 1918.The memorial appears to be based on a design drawn by George Kessler in 1915. The lions and decorative bronze were done by Charles Keck, the former President of the National Sculpture Society. The fountain and balustrade were completed in 1922 – 1923, designed by the Wight and Wight architectural firm. S. Herbert Hare, landscape architect, designed the stone portal at the bottom of the hill and the stairs going up the hill in 1931.Carved on the stone of the memorial are the words (in Latin):Reader If You Would See His Monument Look About You. #KCParks #ThrowbackThursday | KC Parks Instagram Photos

{Throwback Thursday} #KCParks125 #TBTTHOMAS SWOPE MEMORIAL AND CRYPT: Thomas Swope had expressed an interest in being buried in Swope Park. After his death in 1909, his body was kept in a holding vault at Forest Hill Cemetery until a memorial was built. A committee chose the site high on a hill overlooking the entire park. Mr. Swope’s body was placed in the memorial in 1918.The memorial appears to be based on a design drawn by George Kessler in 1915. The lions and decorative bronze were done by Charles Keck, the former President of the National Sculpture Society. The fountain and balustrade were completed in 1922 – 1923, designed by the Wight and Wight architectural firm. S. Herbert Hare, landscape architect, designed the stone portal at the bottom of the hill and the stairs going up the hill in 1931.Carved on the stone of the memorial are the words (in Latin):Reader If You Would See His Monument Look About You. #KCParks #ThrowbackThursday

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