"Vernon has thoroughly chronicled the complex web of people, places, and events comprising the development of one of the most influential cemeteries in the United States.—William Tishler, author of Midwestern Landscape Architecture
""Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery too often is best known for its 'residents' and their monuments. Now, thanks to this well-researched and illuminating book, the cemetery itself comes into view as a masterpiece of American landscape design. First laid out in 1860, the cemetery took shape as a result of national and local trends, including the innovation of the 'rural' cemetery as epitomized by Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the building mania in Chicago, which attracted architectural talent to that city even before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. William Le Baron Jenney – who finally has his own gravestone at Graceland – is a key figure for both the city and the cemetery. If this book had been written two decades ago, it would have had an elegiac tone, because over the years, some of the cemetery’s original features had fallen into disuse and guiding principles had been forgotten. Beginning in 1991, however, Graceland has seen one successful renovation after another, all based on careful research. This new book will serve that on-going project well, but equally importantly, it will help us to understand and appreciate cemeteries around the country that were built in the same spirit.""""—Chicago History Museum Blog
""For those with a curiosity of the long line of history and thought that goes into cemeteries, Graceland Cemetery is an excellent and very much recommended pick, not to be overlooked.""—Wisconsin Bookwatch
""The book breaks new ground by delivering on its subtitle, explicating the evolution of a place rather than discussing the evolution of the typology. . . . Indeed, the research that grounds Graceland: A Design History is impeccable. . . [The book] is destined to become the definitive work on the site.""—Landscape Journal"