Photos: Historic Salt Lake mausoleum open for free tour Saturday

By Kathy Stephenson

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: June 19, 2014 11:29AM
Updated: June 19, 2014 03:23PM
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Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune The announcement of the Salt Lake Mausoleum from a 1929 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune, photographed in Salt Lake City, Tuesday June 17, 2014. The Utah Heritage Foundation will give free guided tours of the Salt Lake Mausoleum this Saturday as well as in July and August.

The public can learn about the history, art and architecture of the Salt Lake Mausoleum during free guided tours Saturday, June 21, as well as July 19 and Aug. 16.

Encompassing approximately 4.6 acres between 11th Avenue and Chandler Drive, the Salt Lake Mausoleum was designed to be built near San Francisco. The architecture shows Spanish influence, an uncommon style in Utah, according to officials with the Utah Heritage Foundation, which is sponsoring the tours.

Participants will learn about the building’s architecture as well as the art inside the mausoleum, including nearly three dozen stained-glass windows that depict classic scenes of Utah wildlife, wilderness, mountains and the red rocks of southern Utah. The stained-glass windows are said to come from the warehouse of Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York.

Other appointments in the mausoleum, part of the Garner Funeral Home, include solid mahogany doors, bronze fixtures, Spanish tile roofs and arched windows, which provide views of the Salt Lake Valley below.

The grounds feature meandering walkways, waterfalls, majestic marble corridors, sprawling native plant life and elegant tributes to life engraved upon bronze plaques.

S.L. Mausoleum tours

P The Utah Heritage Foundation is offering guided tours of a Salt Lake City landmark.

When • Saturday, July 19 and Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to noon

Where • 1001 E. 11th Ave., Salt Lake City

Cost • Free

Details • utahheritagefoundation.com/

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