The Westview Abbey and Mausoleum is the architectural centerpiece of Westview Cemetery, a 600-acre cemetery founded in 1884. Construction on the abbey began in 1943, overseen by then Board president, Asa Candler, Jr. Built to hold over 11,000 crypts, it was the largest building of its kind under one roof when completed – over one and a half football fields long. The Bowen family, owners and stewards of Westview for the past 70 years, have invested significantly to correct perpetual maintenance issues that threatened the integrity of the architecture. Recent work included intricate cleaning and repair of the cast stone facades, restoration of 11 original skylights, and complete replacement of the 33,000 square-foot flat roof. This significant investment of time and resources by the Bowen family will allow the Westview Abbey and Mausoleum to retain its place as a historically and culturally significant resource in Atlanta’s built environment.
Excellence in Stewardship Awards recognize those who ensure the preservation of historic properties through long-term care and maintenance, stabilization, protection or continuous family ownership.