Remeum

The Remeum was the name bestowed on the Remey-Mason family mausoleum erected on the glebe of the Truro parish's Pohick Church in Lorton, Virgina, by its architect and builder Charles Mason Remey. Remey's stated intent was to honour his family's contributions to the American nation. The site of the ruins of the Remeum lies approximately 250 yards southwest of the church burial yard and are marked solely by the remains of an obelisk and two brick vent chimney structures with the rest of the complex covered by soil and reforestation since its destruction and demolition in 1983.

Remeum plans

Designed by noted Washington D. C. architect and controversial Baha’i faith dignitary, Charles Mason Remey, the Remeum was constructed over a twenty year period commencing in the spring 1937 with the initial land survey and was ongoing until disagreement between the Pohick church vestrymen and Remey resulted in a court action which halted further development in the fall of 1958.

{josquote}The site became a destination and numerous illicit gatherings involving underage drinking, mating rituals, and vandalism took place.{/josquote}

Remey's designs called for an outer walled courtyard with burial niches and crypts, a walled colonnaded atrium entrance to the underground mausoleum which incorporated inclusion of several cenotaphs,chapels and burial crypts. Remey's design also called for a large three story columned and tiered structure built directly over the underground portion. The parish officials objected to the addition of the above ground structure as it would have dwarfed the church, a registered historic landmark.

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