The Site of Owen Brown's Pasadena Funeral, 1889
The Tabernacle is pictured above during the funeral for Owen Brown, son of John Brown, on January 10, 1889.
The Tabernacle served as a sort of civic auditorium in addition to being for church events. It was a large wooden hall, with balconies, seating perhaps 2000. In those days there was no amplification so large voices and good acoustics were needed.
Excerpted from Sid Gally, “Pasadena History: Songs at the Tabernacle,” Pasadena Star-News [Pasadena, Calif.], 17 July 2011