Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)

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Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills
Forest Lawn Memorial Park view from Griffith Park 2015-11-07.jpg
View from Griffith Park
Details
Established1906 by Hubert L. Eaton
New cemetery opened in 1952
Location
Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Coordinates34°08′42″N 118°19′12″W / 34.145°N 118.320°W / 34.145; -118.320Coordinates: 34°08′42″N 118°19′12″W / 34.145°N 118.320°W / 34.145; -118.320
TypePublic
Owned byForest Lawn
No. of graves119,216
Websiteforestlawn.com/hollywood-hills
Find a GraveForest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills

Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills is one of the six Forest Lawn cemeteries in Southern California. It is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, California 90068, in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is on the lower north slope at the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains range that overlooks North Hollywood, Universal City, and Burbank, and the overall San Fernando Valley area of north view Los Angeles.

Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills is a park dedicated to the preservation of American history and hosts high-profile events such as an annual Veterans Day ceremony attended by dignitaries and other VIPs. Los Angeles Magazine described it as a "theme-park necropolis", paraphrasing Jessica Mitford, indicating "Forest Lawn’s kitsch was just a sophisticated strategy for lubricating the checkbooks of the grieved."[1]

Features[edit]

The park features such sights as:

Court of Liberty[edit]

A section of the Birth of Liberty mosaic
  • The Court of Liberty features statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and the Birth of Liberty mosaic. At 162 feet (49 m) long and 28 feet (8.5 m) high, Birth of Liberty is the largest historical mosaic in the United States. It is composed of ten million pieces of Venetian glass and depicts twenty-five scenes from early America, from 1619–1787.
  • The Old North Church, a precise replica of Boston's historic church, from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Paul Revere's Ride". The historical rooms have documents and mementos of the colonial period.
  • The Hall of Liberty American History Museum has a copy of the Liberty Bell and other exhibits. The museum has a 1,200-seat auditorium.
  • Monument to Washington, a marble and bronze tribute to America's first president, created by sculptor Thomas Ball. Four of Washington's generals are honored in the memorial.

Lincoln Terrace[edit]

Plaza of Mesoamerican Heritage[edit]

A large pagan Aztec calendar replica in the plaza
  • The Plaza of Mesoamerican Heritage has indigenous/pagan sculptures (non-Christian) by Meliton Salas Rodriguez, of Guadalajara, Mexico. Salas used hand tools to first quarry, then work the native Mexican stone into precisely scaled, detailed replicas of pagan artwork and artifacts that are representative of the Aztec, Huastec, Maya, Mixtec, Olmec, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Totonac, and Zapotec civilizations that preceded modern Mexican culture and is in contrast to the Christian and patriotic American themes which were originally reflective of the culture at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills and other Forest Lawn Memorial Parks since their inception by Christian American businessman Hubert L. Eaton. A smooth Olmecan head, an intricate Aztec sun calendar and a sinuous Teotihuacan bas relief are some of the sculptural features of the Plaza that are set off by crushed stone walkways and complemented by groupings of Mesoamerican plants.

This entire display has been removed and is currently in storage.

History[edit]

The first Forest Lawn, in Glendale, was founded in 1906 by businessmen who hired Dr. Hubert Eaton, a firm believer in a joyous life after death. He believed that most cemeteries were "unsightly, depressing stoneyards," and pledged to create one that would reflect his optimistic beliefs and be "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".[2]

Notable interments[edit]

Many prominent persons, especially from the entertainment industry, are interred there.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ehrenreich, Ben (1 November 2010). "The End. – Features". Los Angeles Magazine. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  2. ^ "The Builder's Creed", March 2009[full citation needed]
  3. ^ Daily Advocate, October 2, 1914 Page 6

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