I finally got inside.
It was worth the wait. The tour was great fun, with volunteers from the preservation society stepping out of the crypts of the people they were portraying (in costume) (one was the great-great-grandson of the gentleman he portrayed) and talking about "their" life story. Fascinating stuff. Some of the people they focused on were a several-term, popular mayor of Columbus, a prominent circus owner, Thurston the Magician, a Civil War soldier, and J.C. Penney's brother, H.R. Penney. They all did a great job. I will go back as frequently as they do this.
The building itself was so cold. So, so cold ... it was 65 degrees and quite nice outside, but inside, it was one cold pile of marble. The volunteers had scrubbed it out (resorting at one point to a leaf blower to get the inch of dust off the floors) and done a nice job, but just as its sister mausoleum, Amaranth Abbey smelled lovely, Green Lawn smelled ... let's just delicately say, off.
I know enough about mausoleums to have an idea why, too. And I'd have been so very disappointed if it didn't smell like that. :D
Looking directly up at the pediment:
The ceiling, first floor:
The casket, (I am assured it was empty) used for effect:
A few more here, at my Flickr site.
Thanks for coming by all month, for following and commenting and downloading and helping make Halloween so much fun this year.
No post for tomorrow, and then on Monday, we'll turn the lights back on in this crypt.