Mount Auburn Cemetery Washington Tower
At the top of the highest hill in Mount Auburn Cemetery stands a granite tower. This tower has a spiral staircase inside that takes people to two observation deck levels where views of Cambridge, Boston, and the surrounding area can be seen. This tower is known as the Washington Tower, dedicated to the first President of the United States.
It was designed by Dr. Jacob Bigelow with architect Gridley J. F. Bryant. The tower was part of the original design of the cemetery, which was opened in 1831. The tower was built in 1853-54. The tower provided a prominent feature within the cemetery as well as a recognizable landmark outside the cemetery. It was constructed by Witcher and Sheldon of Quincy at a cost of $18,500. From the tower, other features of the cemetery can be seen, including the Bigelow Chapel. The views out from the tower can be breathtaking, however, with views to nearby hills and ridges, and even Boston Harbor.