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Altadena, California

Mountain View Cemetery

Wind your way though a labyrinth of crypts, hallways filled with stained-glass, and tranquil gardens.

Come weave your way around Mountain View Cemetery, truly one of  Los Angeles' most beautiful and undiscovered wonders—and home to the crown jewel of mausoleums.

Mountain View first opened its gates in 1882, making it one of the oldest official cemeteries in the city of Los Angeles. Originally founded by California pioneer Levi W. Giddings, a relative of the famed anti-slavery Ohio Congressman Joshua Reed Giddings, the cemetery is still owned and operated today by the Giddings family.

With the passing decades, the carefully tended grounds have become the final resting place for an impressive array of famous Los Angelenos, including former Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver, physicist and Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman, and the original Superman, George Reeves.

A disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, Cecil E. Bryan began construction on the Mountain View Mausoleum in 1923 and considered it to be the crown jewel of the more than 80 mausoleums he built nationwide. Taking pride in Mountain View as a true work of art, Bryan included a series of grandiose features and add-ons, like extensive stained glass and frescoed ceilings, to demonstrate his elegant craftsmanship and to create what he proudly believed was a "model mausoleum.” Today, he and his wife rest in sarcophagi on the galleria level. 

Join Field Agent Benjamin Harmon as we explore the mausoleum, guided by docents from Mountain View. The morning will include a visit to the art gallery as well as time at the end for a Q&A over refreshments and snacks. The enormous cemetery and grounds will be open post-tour for your own exploration. This is going to be an affair worth taking to the grave. 

**Second tour added from 1 - 2:30 pm**


  • Park in the mausoleum parking lot (2300 Marengo Ave) and meet in front of the mausoleum.
  • The mausoleum is 90+ years old, along with much of its furniture. So, please act in a respectful and careful manner.
  • Pictures are allowed, but please none of the individual crypts.
  • Expect to be standing/walking for at least 90 minutes.
  • The entire grounds of the mausoleum will be open for exploring as well as the cemetery!
  • Family friendly, ages 12+

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