Thursday, February 28, 2013
Mountain View: A Cemetery Greets its Public
Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum. I took this photo inside the Pasadena Mausoleum, which I never knew was on the grounds. Even if I had, I wouldn't have thought I could visit inside. This building is at the southern end of the cemetery, almost at Woodbury Avenue. I wish my photos could do it justice. Let me just say, Carrara marble. Everywhere.
Why is that okay, you wonder? Do the Denish flip the bird at death?
Take another look at the first two photos. What's missing?
There are a few spots left, but many of the most recent interments in these buildings are early- to mid-20th century. The descendants are gone. Maybe the occasional great grandchild comes to visit. But ask me where my great grandparents are buried. I have no idea.
Unbound Productions performs the hugely popular Wicked Lit at Mountain View every October. It's why films and TV shows are shot here. It's why all of this is okay, though owner Jay Brown still requires, expects, and receives respect for this place his family has owned for 120 years, and for those who are buried here.
I've shown you so little of it.