Taking You Places You Have Never Been Before


CIRCA is an auxiliary educational group of APC that offers monthly behind-the-scenes tours of select historic sites in Atlanta and nearby areas.


CIRCA LogoWe see sites both before renovation begins and after the final touches have been completed.

Usually scheduled for the second Tuesday evening of the month March through December, CIRCA will take you places you have never been before.  Come explore with us!

To join CIRCA, you need be a member of the Atlanta Preservation Center. Please visit Membership to join both the APC and CIRCA.

To view previous CIRCA events, please visit its message board.




CIRCA May Meeting:  Crest Lawn Cemetery’s 1914 Community Mausoleum

Date:  Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2 p.m.

Time:  Meeting begins at 2 pm; tour begins at 2:15  

Address:  2000 Marietta Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30318 (The cemetery is at the intersection of Marietta and Chattahoochee Ave., just west of Nuevo Laredo Cantina; we will meet on the mausoleum’s front steps.)  

Parking:  Around the mausoleum.

Fee: Free for CIRCA members and first-time guests; $10 for others. For questions about your membership, please contact the Atlanta Preservation Center at 404-688-3353, ext. 10.

Description:  Crest Lawn Mausoleum:

Built in 1914 by the Georgia Mausoleum Company at what was then known as North View Cemetery, Atlanta architect A. Ten Eyck Brown’s Beaux Arts-style community mausoleum was the first large-scale community mausoleum built in Atlanta - predating Westview Cemetery’s massive mausoleum by 28 years. The structure, which was built on a prominent hill with views of the city’s skyline, houses roughly six hundred people and was touted by “experts” in a 1914 Atlanta Constitution article as being one of the most beautiful, completely equipped and permanently built mausoleums in the United States.

Mausoleums – named after the grave built for King Mausolus by his wife and sister, Artemisia, in modern-day Turkey circa 353 BC and known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – have been used to bury the dead in above-ground crypts rather than in-ground burials for centuries. In America, the “community mausoleum” movement started in the 1870s. Rather than just small family mausoleums for the wealthy, cemetery planners built large mausoleums to house multiple community members – wealthy or otherwise. These large structures allowed for more people to be buried on less land than could be accomplished with in-ground burials. They also required less landscape maintenance, allowed for those not wanting to be buried in the ground to have an alternative burial option and provided family members a place to visit departed loved ones despite inclement weather.  

Crest Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park

Started by the Atlanta Cemetery Association in 1913 for a $50,000 investment, the cemetery is near the Marietta and Inman rail yard lines and was to have originally had eight thousand lots and be known as the Atlanta Park cemetery. By 1914, the property was known as North View Cemetery when construction of architect Brown’s mausoleum was started. Later, the property’s name would change from North View to Crestlawn to Crown Hill Cemetery and then to its current name, Crest Lawn, while incorporating additional property, such as Casey’s Hill – full of Civil War history – and Casey Hill Cemetery.

The cemetery has some of the most breathtaking views of Atlanta – from Buckhead through Midtown to downtown.