Pyramid Tomb of C.F. Harms.

Pyramid Tomb of C.F. Harms

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North Bergen, New Jersey

Charles Frederick Harms died in 1918. He made millions in the shipping business, and his 20-foot-tall pyramid tomb in Flower Hill Cemetery is supposedly the only one of its shape in New Jersey. Harms wanted to be noticed; the pyramid is only a few feet from the cemetery entrance, in a row of other impressively large mausoleums, although none as memorable as his.

Time, however, has not been kind to Harms's look-at-me-forever goal. Flanked by sphinxes, the entrance to his tomb has been sealed shut with unattractive cinder blocks -- a much later addition, from the looks of them. And the pyramid itself is no longer as impressive as it once was, because the cemetery has built an even bigger mausoleum -- one of those modern bulk-interment-for-the-masses warehouses -- right next to it.

Pyramid Tomb of C.F. Harms

Flower Hill Cemetery

John F. Kennedy Blvd W., North Bergen, NJ
Just inside and to the right of the entrance to Flower Hill Cemetery, next to the big mausoleum.
Gates open daily 9-4. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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