Egyptian Motif Inside House of Wills

Egyptian Motif Inside House of Wills
J. Walter Wills Sr. turned his back on black as the only acceptable color for funeral homes and funeral services. Even in the 1900s he introduced bright red rugs and other colorful furnishings and floral displays, suggesting his desire to celebrate the life of the deceased rather than only mourning loss. By the 1930s, the House of Wills was introducing more Egyptian influences into its decor, a trend that was reinforced at the funeral home's fourth location (shown here) that it occupied between 1942 and 2005. | Date: ca. 1940s | Source: Cleveland Memory Project, Cleveland State University Library Special Collections
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