Guet Family Tomb in Hialeah
One of the most architecturally unusual tombs at Pere-Lachaise houses a number of members of the Guet family, including the architect of the tomb and family patriarch Georges Guet (1886-1936). The tomb was probably built in honor of Georges Guet’s father, who died in 1903. Georges Guet was a well known architect and a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. He may be best known for his stewardship over the restoration of Orleans Cathedral in Orleans, France.
Guet’s design for his family tomb, which was built between 1905 and 1907, takes the form of an Art Nouveau canopy tomb. What is most unusual is the choice of reinforced concrete, brick, sandstone and ceramic tiles as building materials. Guet’s eclectic composition consists of a pair of rather severe-looking caryatids flanking the entrance and crafted in cement by sculptor Max Braemer, a medallion by T. Prudhomme that is reminiscent of the medallion on the Robles tomb in Division 7, a planter that rings the top of the tomb that sports blooming irises in the spring, and ceramic tiles that were fashioned by the firm of Gentil & Bourdet. Gentil & Bourdet was founded in 1901 and is still in business today. The Guet Family Tomb appears in one of the firm’s early catalogues.
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