The crown jewel of the more than 80 mausoleums constructed by Cecil E. Bryan.

From the street, the Mountain View Mausoleum looks like a rundown, nearly abandoned church.

From the street, the Mountain View Mausoleum looks like a rundown, nearly abandoned church.

The historic Spanish Revival mausoleum cost $500,000 when it was built 74 years ago.

The historic Spanish Revival mausoleum cost $500,000 when it was built 74 years ago.

Well Endowed

Well Endowed

Most people have no idea of the architecture and artwork within.

Most people have no idea of the incredible architecture and artwork within.

Inside, the building has marble fronted crypts and floors and magnificent stained glass ceilings.

Inside, the building has marble fronted crypts and floors, magnificent stained glass ceilings and 200 mural scenes by Norwegian-born Martin Syvertsen, with life-sized figures depicting the story of Christianity.

Floating Corridor

Floating Corridor

Judson Studios Glass

Judson Studios Glass

This window is very similar to the 'Rose Window' installed at the Wilshire Temple.

This window is very similar to the ‘Rose Window’ installed at the Wilshire Temple.

Seeing Stars

Seeing Stars

Basement Stain

Basement Stain

The mausoleum is a labyrinth of crypts with multiple levels of hallways containing the interred remains of various prominent figures in Pasadena history.

The mausoleum is a labyrinth of crypts with multiple levels of hallways containing the interred remains of various prominent figures in Pasadena history.

This corridor had an insane asylum feel to it.

This corridor had an insane asylum feel to it.

Mizpah is Hebrew for "watchtower." As mentioned in the Bible, it marked an agreement between two men, with God as their witness. It has come to connote an emotional bond between people who are separated (either physically or by death).

Mizpah is Hebrew for “watchtower.” As mentioned in the Bible, it marked an agreement between two men, with God as their witness. It has come to connote an emotional bond between people who are separated (either physically or by death).

Light filters in from above through stained glass blocks. This particular space is truly amazing.

Light filters in from above through stained glass blocks. This particular space is truly amazing.

Close-up of the stained glass block ceiling.

Close-up of the stained glass block ceiling.

The Chapel of Radiance reflects against the marble covered walls.

The Chapel of Radiance reflects against the marble covered walls.

Judson Rose

The mausoleum has added on different wings over the years, this latest addition was built in the 1980’s.

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HeadLight

HeadLight

Basement Corridor

Basement Corridor

Angel Face Potato

Angel Face Potato

I roamed the abandoned halls without a living soul in sight. I eventually ran into the owner Jay Brown, whose family and descendants have owned the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery for over 120 years.

I roamed the abandoned halls without a living soul in sight. I eventually ran into the owner Jay Brown, whose family and descendants have owned the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery for over 120 years.

The resting place of the mausoleum's own architect, Cecil E. Bryan.

The resting place of the mausoleum’s own architect, Cecil E. Bryan.

Love & Light

Love & Light

The arched painted ceiling in the main gallery is quite beautiful.

The arched painted ceiling in the main gallery is quite beautiful.

Garden Walkway

Garden Walkway

Mountain View was created to serve Pasadena as well as the Pasadena Highlands, later known as Altadena. Although located in Altadena, it is Pasadena’s major cemetery, outside of some church sites.

Mountain View was created to serve Pasadena as well as the Pasadena Highlands, later known as Altadena.

RIP

RIP

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