Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Former Ripple Mortuary


This beautiful building on Sierra Madre Boulevard was formerly the Ripple Mortuary.  It now belongs to the Sierra Madre Congregational Church.   

I tried to find more info on the history of the building but came up short, for now.  As a consolation, I can offer you an interesting bit of funeral info that I found online.  Apparently, the funeral industry, as we know it in our country today, didn't emerge until after the Civil War.  Prior to that time, the dead were often displayed in the parlor of the family home, hence the term "Funeral Parlor," that is sometime still in use today.  Really, what would we do without the internet...


6 comments:

  1. A beautiful building, for sure! I love seeing this kind of architecture, takes me right back to childhood. It's hard to find buildings with this look out northeast, we tend to have a more brick-ish utilitarian thing going :)

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    1. I do like those bricking buildings!!

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  2. funny, yesterday's parlor is todays living room - which is a misnomer. Because really, nobody "lives" or uses the living room; which kind of brings it back full circle - to the parlor.

    I've been accused of over thinking things

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    1. Interesting thoughts, actually. And I have been accused othicker- thinking for what feels like my entire life! I like to think its because we are smart. But I'm probably over-thinking it...

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  3. That's a wonderful tidbit.

    PA, that's okay, I usually overwrite. Lucky for me, I can edit.

    We use the living room in the evenings. Boz practically herds us in there after dinner. We sit in our chairs and work on our laptops. Boz's falls asleep at my feet, waiting for me to finish catching up on email, so I can rub his belly and put him to bed.

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    1. Well, you certainly didn't over-write that. You painted a very peaceful picture.

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