Originally called the Western .... Here lie the graves of Revolutionary patriots, veterans of the War of 1812, and many of Baltimore's most distinguished ... including Mayor James Calhoun, Colonel James McHenry, and General Samuel Smith. ... international importance is the tomb of Edgar Allan Poe, constructed in part with pennies collected from Baltimore schoolchildren.
Maximilien Godefroy, architect of the Battle Monument and St. Mary's Chapel, designed many of the older and larger burial vaults ... and the Egyptian style entrance on Greene Street.
As the city pushed westward during the 1840's and '50's, the Presbyterians feared the historic graves would be neglected or vandalized, so they built a church above them. Designed in the perpendicular English style by Thomas and James Dixon and Thomas Balbirnie, Westminster Church was completed in 1852.