Wade Memorial Chapel

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12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, USA

Wade Memorial Chapel Cleveland Reviews

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Wade in the water Jun 03, 2017
There is an exquisite chapel located on the grounds of Lake View Cemetery for conducting burial services, and I recommend checking it out to enjoy some incredible beauty. Wade Memorial Chapel is not well known, but turns out to be a serious name dropper once you get introduced. The chapel was built to honor Jeptha Wade, who started the Western Union Telegraph Company, by his son in 1901 (Jeptha was also the first president of Lake View Cemetery, btw). And the reason why the interior is so indescribable is because its design was commissioned to Louis Tiffany: this is one of a select few interiors in the world totally created by the famed master of stained glass.

The theme of the interior is “The Voyage of Life” and you start your journey by proceeding past a pair of four ton brass doors (no entrance charge). Topping the list of jaw dropping artwork is the large stained glass window at the back, “The Flight of Souls.” Prior to its installation here, the window had taken gold medal honors at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Cindy had been here many times and remarked how dramatically the color of the window transformed with the angle of sunlight: the extremely helpful attendant overheard and elaborated. I learned Tiffany had patented the ‘favrile’ technique, which embeds color into the glass (rather than simply coating it) and relies upon natural impurities to extend a kaleidoscopic range. Then the attendant scanned her small spotlight across “The Flight of Souls” to punctuate the stunning transitions. Wow!

Of course Tiffany was also renowned for his mosaics, and Wade Chapel possesses a brilliant pair. Furiously rowing oarsman populate either side of the interior, one collage portraying the “River of Life” and the other the “River of Death.” These extend beyond magnificent, because are both embedded with a myriad of subtle biblical references. The attendant began describing several and just kept going until I was completely overwhelmed and wishing I had taped the lecture to capture the details. Definitely engage the attendant during your visit to maximize the tour!

There is plenty more eye candy beyond the mosaic and stained glass masterpieces, including impressive chandeliers, alabaster candle sticks and much more. I even found the utilitarian architecture fascinating. The chapel is plugged into the side of a hill which affords a large subterranean chamber. This underground space was designed to accommodate up to fifty caskets, affording ample storage space in the event there was a backlog of grave digging while awaiting spring thaw.

If you find yourself near Cleveland, I implore you to get to this church on time!
Wade Memorial Chapel, on the groun…
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spocklogic says:
Classy looking Chapel!
Posted on: Sep 23, 2017
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