Arlington County is proud to announce the installation of four newly restored Tiffany Stained Glass windows and a granite finial at the Westover Library.
The stained glass windows and granite finial originally ornamented the Abbey Mausoleum in Arlington. Built by the United States Mausoleum Company from 1924 to 1926, the Romanesque style structure neighbored Arlington National Cemetery. With its granite exterior, marble interior, and stained glass windows, the mausoleum served as a prestigious burial ground. However, with the bankruptcy of the managing Abbey Mausoleum Corporation in the 1950s, the building fell victim to vandalism and neglect.
In 2000, the U.S. Navy gained ownership of the site and, based upon the mausoleum’s poor condition, decided to tear it down. Arlington was permitted to salvage architectural features from the building, including the windows and the granite finial.
The new Westover Library provides the windows and finial with a new home. Four windows were restored using matching glass fragments from other mausoleum windows that were damaged beyond repair.
The windows are located at the corner of Washington Boulevard & Mckinley Road and the finial near the entrance of the library.