|architect||NJ van Taack-Trakanen|
|Client||Von Herff family|
History and description
The von Herff family mausoleum was built in 1921 according to plans by the architect NJ van Taack-Trakanen. Stylistically, the building belongs to Expressionism . The two-storey , tower-like rotunda stands in the middle of a symmetrical, small garden. The entrance to the mausoleum, with the bronze door and the door knocker , is in the center of the cemetery entrance . The ground-level burial chamber is located behind the entrance. On each side of the entrance, two stairs lead to the surrounding outer gallery. The outer gallery is separated from the inner gallery by glazed doors. Access to the burial chamber is not possible from above. From above it is only possible to look down at the graves covered with grave slabs in the floor of the mausoleum.
The mausoleum is a plastered masonry building . Some parts of the facade are made of shell limestone . The main entrance to the grave complex is flanked by two trees. The striking details of the mausoleum include the reliefs on the upper edge of the tower, above the bronze doors and windows of the gallery. The reliefs are the work of the Parisian sculptor Ilmari.
Grave site: Alter Friedhof III A 1
- Günter Fries et al .: City of Darmstadt. ( Monument topography of the Federal Republic of Germany , cultural monuments in Hesse .) Vieweg Verlag , Braunschweig 1994, ISBN 3-528-06249-5 , p. 292.