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This extremely striking mausoleum is found at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.  The lions were what caught my eye first,

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(and it was a perfect day — bright blue skies and all)

But then I found myself wondering who Adam Schaaf was.  “Adam Schaaf established the Adam Schaaf Piano Company of Chicago in 1873. They were known for building higher grade, good quality pianos. By the turn-of-the-century, the company was controlled by sons Harry and Fred Schaaf. The firm was so successful that in the 1920’s a new state-of-the-art factory was built at Fillmore Street, Chicago. Adam Schaaf produced a handful of brand names including Claritone and Orpheus, each offered as an affordable alternative to the costlier Adam Schaaf brand. Sadly, Schaaf’s huge success did not carry them through the Great Depression, and the firm was closed sometime in the early 1930s.” (courtesy of antiquepianoshop.com — which also has a digitized copy of a Schaaf catalog).

According to The Blue Book of Pianos,

SCHAAF, ADAM Established in 1873

The home of the famous Adam Schaaf grand, upright and player pianos and reproducing pianos were built at their imposing, and beautiful six story building at 319-321 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago. In addition to a factory at 1020 Central Park Avenue, Chicago, made the Adam Schaaf institution one of the best equipped in the world.

Adam Schaaf instruments continue to advance time tested by thousands of satisfied, ever enthusiastic owners and customers.

To make still better the best Adam Schaaf piano has been the aim and the inspiration of the experienced workers in the Adam Schaaf factory as well as the ambition of the gentlemen who direct the company’s destinies. How well these aims and ambitions have succeeded is told in the fact that the three fold output has not kept pace with the steadily increasing demand.

These instruments are the product of a house of the highest responsibility and unlimited credit. Adam Schaaf Reproducing Pianos in Grands and Uprights are very distinguished.

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This mausoleum, in addition to the 2 beautiful lions, also has pretty glass on the inside, which I tried to capture in these photos:
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