SANCTUARIES for NESTING and RESTING
One might not expect to find the gates of heaven in Brooklyn. An urban milieu tends to be fairly predictable. Yet the sighting of a monumental, imposing structure at the entrance to Green-Wood Cemetery prompts a convincing illusion of having arrived at the threshold of the Promised Land. Two larger-than-life portals girded by a Gothic edifice suggestive of a storybook fantasyland define its passageway onto the burial grounds.
Koi ponds, bamboo shoots, landscaped grasses, flowering cherry trees, and a ritual burner exemplify an Asian motif – chosen in recognition of the growing Chinese population nearby in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. During the design phase a feng shui expert was consulted to assure conformance to acceptable placements.
Someone commented that this small chapel impressively encompasses certain elements of a full-sized cathedral.