University of Oregon

Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Eggener’s research on ‘City of the Dead’ featured in podcast, website

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Professor Keith Eggener is featured in a 99% Invisible podcast and feature story focusing on “The City of the Dead”—Colma, California—the only necropolis in the United States and the site where graves from throughout the Bay Area were moved as the city grew in the early 20th century. “If the city of the living was designed for speed and efficiency and business,” suggests Eggener, architectural history professor and author of Cemeteries“the city of the dead was instead understood as a kind of quiet peaceful Arcadia—an evocation of paradise or heaven on Earth.” Learn more about this living archeology site.

Removing corpses for relocation in San Francisco.
Above: Removing corpses for relocation in San Francisco.