James A. Garfield Memorial

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12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH, USA

James A. Garfield Memorial Cleveland Reviews

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Paying respects Jun 03, 2017
There are several reasons why the Garfield Memorial at Lake View Cemetery is a remarkable site. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only presidential casket you will ever see (something of a technicality as there are others above ground on public display, just those have casket enclosures). This is also a very pleasing building, both for the architecture and incorporated artwork. Finally, there is an outdoor porch on the third floor of the building which offers stunning views of downtown Cleveland.

Built from sandstone, the single turret was completed in 1890, nine years after Garfield’s assassination. The president’s remains are accompanied by those of his wife, Lucretia, and both caskets are on display below ground. You will need to descend a couple flights of stairs after entering – Garfield’s casket is the one draped with a US flag. You will notice a pair of urns in front of the caskets, which hold the ashes of their daughter Molly and her husband.

When entering the Memorial at ground level you are greeted by a larger than life statue of Garfield by Alexander Doyle, surrounded by red granite columns supporting the structure. The interior is a beautiful space, subtly lit by sunlight passing through stained glass windows and ascending to a golden mosaic dome. It is only 64 steps to the top with two levels where you may look up to the lovely dome or down upon Garfield’s statue. The balcony is at the top and on a clear day you are able to see forty miles away. You can also glimpse Lake Erie and it is purported to command the best views of the Cleveland skyline.

Out on the balcony it is also recommended to look back over your shoulder, because now you are near enough to the protruding gargoyles to appreciate the great detail. In fact, while outside you should ponder the five terra cotta panels adorning the turret’s exterior. These murals were sculpted by Casper Bubel and depict scenes throughout Garfield’s life. There is a $5 fee to enter this splendid memorial and I am confident you will discover a phenomenal return on investment from the pleasure you derive exploring the lovely interior and exterior of this little known building commemorating a worthy life.
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Fair price!
Posted on: Sep 21, 2017
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