Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a privately owned cemetery in Glendale, California, US. It is the original and current flagship location of Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries, a chain of six cemeteries and four additional mortuaries in Southern California.
1 History 2 Forest Lawn Museum 3 Statuary and art 4 Locations 5 Great Mausoleum 6 Notable interments 7 See also 8 References 9 External links
History Forest Lawn Memorial Park was founded in 1906 as a not-for-profit cemetery by a group of businessmen from San Francisco. Dr. Hubert Eaton and C. B. Sims entered into a sales contract with the cemetery in 1912. Eaton took over the management of the cemetery in 1917. Although Eaton did not start Forest Lawn Cemetery, he is credited as being the "Founder" of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park for his innovations of establishing the "memorial park plan" (eliminating upright grave markers and bringing in works by established artists) and being the first to open a funeral home on dedicated cemetery grounds. Eaton was a firm believer in a joyous life after death. He was convinced that most cemeteries were "unsightly, depressing stoneyards" and pledged to create one that would reflect his optimistic, Christian beliefs, "as unlike other cemeteries as sunshine is unlike darkness." He envisioned Forest Lawn to be "a great park devoid of misshapen monuments and other signs of earthly death, but filled with towering trees, sweeping lawns, splashing fountains, beautiful statuary, and ... memorial architecture." A number of plaques which state Eaton's intentions are signed "The Builder." Frederick Llewellyn, Eaton's nephew, became CEO of Forest Lawn in 1966. In 1987 he was succeeded by his son, John Llewellyn, who is the current Chairman of Forest Lawn. Most of its burial sections have evocative names, including Eventide, Babyland (for infants, shaped like a heart), Graceland, Inspiration Slope, Slumberland (for children and adolescents), Sweet Memories, Whispering Pines, Vesperland, Borderland (on the edge of the cemetery), and Dawn of Tomorrow. The original Forest Lawn participated in racial segregation and "for decades refused entrance to blacks, Jews, and Chinese". Forest Lawn Museum
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Song of the Angels by William Bouguereau, 1881.
The Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale was founded in 1957 and displays
art, artifacts and also regularly hosts rotating fine art exhibits.
The museum has hosted solo exhibitions for Henri Matisse, Winslow
Homer, Ian Hornak, Francisco Goya, Rembrandt, Marc
Davis and Reuben Nakian among many others.
The objects in Forest Lawn's permanent collection represent specific
locations and peoples from around the world. There are sections for
India, Africa, the Middle East, East and Southeast Asia, the United
States, South America, Australia and Europe. Perhaps the most famous
object owned by Forest Lawn's permanent collection is William
Bouguereau's 84x60 inch, oil on canvas painting, "Song of the Angels"
created in 1881 and regarded as one of the most important examples of
Bouguereau's work in the United States.
The permanent collection also includes one of the largest and most
well respected stained glass collections in North America with over
1000 pieces primarily from France and Germany dating from 1200 A.D.
through the present. The stained glass collection includes portions of
William Randolph Hearst's former collection and owns the work of
A copy of Michelangelo's David
The six Forest Lawn cemeteries contain about 1,500 statues, about 10%
of which are reproductions of famous works of art. Leonardo da Vinci's
The Last Supper has been recreated in stained glass in the Memorial
Court of Honor at the Glendale location ‘in vibrant, glowing and
indestructible colors.’ There are also a number of full-sized
reproductions of other
Mosaic of Trumbull's Declaration of Independence
Forest Lawn has three non-denominational chapels: "The Little Church
of the Flowers", "The Wee Kirk o’ the Heather" and "The Church of
the Recessional", which are all exact replicas of famous European
churches. Over 60,000 people have actually been married here,
List of United States cemeteries Providencia Ranch The Loved One – a satirical novel inspired by Forest Lawn.
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Primary and secondary schools
Glendale Unified School District
Glendale High School Herbert Hoover High School
Holy Family High School
Glendale Community College Glendale Public Library
Alex Theatre Americana at Brand Forest Lawn Memorial Park Glendale Adventist Medical Center Glendale Galleria Glendale Transportation Center Grand Central Airport Holy Family Catholic Church