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YOU CAN SEE MAUSOLEUMS, room-size structures that hold cremated remains, in just about any cemetery. But it's rare to find a "columbarium," a massive edifice that cemetery folk consider "the champagne of interment options."

The nation's newest columbarium--one of the largest ever built--now sits near Boston. The owner: 41-year-old Boston hedge fund king Thomas Hudson, Jr., who has just had 450,000 pounds of Vermont granite turned into a final resting place that features 17-foot cathedral ceilings and hand-carved stone lions.

Hudson's new columbarium can comfortably host as many as 88 urns, and Hudson family members, one local news report notes, have taken to calling the million-dollar structure "The Inn."

--Sam Pizzigati, editor of Too Much, an online weekly on excess and inequality
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Title Annotation:GREED AT A GLANCE; columbarium
Author:Pizzigati, Sam
Publication:Multinational Monitor
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1MA
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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