History of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary

Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park and Mortuary was established in 1905 by the state of California under the name of Sunset Cemetery, with the earliest burials at the site dating back to the 1880s. In 1926 the cemetery’s name was changed to Westwood Memorial Park as the city began to take shape with nearby UCLA to open a few years later. At that time the cemetery only had ground burials and it wasn’t until 1952 that the first of the current 10 mausoleums was built on the cemetery property.

In 1961 the existing wood framed chapel was added on the southern side of the property and remains a beautiful addition to the cemetery grounds. The cemetery began with 2.72 acres, but in the 1950s and 1960s portions of the land not being used for cemetery purposes were sold to the developers of the AVCO Building and Theatres and the Westwood Presbyterian Church leaving the cemetery with a little over two acres.

In 1991 the cemetery became a member of the Dignity Memorial® network. In November 2002, Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park was designated as Historical-Cultural Monument No. 731 by the Cultural Heritage Commission of the city of Los Angeles. What was once a country graveyard surrounded by grasslands, a few country homes and dirt roads, is now a beautiful cemetery tucked away in the heart of Westwood’s business district as a serene oasis where families can continue with the tradition of ground burial or chose a crypt in the newly added Sanctuary of Prayer Mausoleum. In addition to traditional burial spaces the cemetery has added private and semi-private burial spaces along with many options for cremation. The history of Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park is preserved within the walls of the cemetery as well as new options for memorialization which have been created so that our cemetery has something to offer each individual and family

Early Years - Aerial View.
Early Years.

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