GARFIELD MONUMENT

a bit of history

 

R O O T E D  O H I O A N  

 

November 2014

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Did you know that President James Garfield is the only U.S. President for whom you are able to visit his birthplace, home and final resting place all in one day? As for the last stop, where other than historic Lake View Cemetery?

The caskets of President Garfield and his wife Lucretia are on display in the crypt of the 180-foot-tall Gothic, Byzantine and Romanesque Garfield Monument. If a flag-draped coffin, President or otherwise, is not quite your thing, then check out the beautiful structure of Berea sandstone (same material as the massive pylons on the Hope Memorial Bridge), with ornate details in strikingly veined marble, gold and colorful mosaics, and red granite columns. Learn about the life and death of this assassinated President as depicted in a series of terra cotta panels, explore U.S. history captured in stained glass and admire the stately portrayal of Garfield as a 12-foot-tall marble sculpture. Top that off with a 64-stair climb to an outdoor balcony from which, on a clear day, you can view other Cleveland landmarks and the Lake Erie shore.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the monument was dedicated Memorial Day 1890 and is open to the public select hours April through November.

Do you absorb history well when depicted in stone or glass?

Garfield Monument Texture

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  1 comment for “GARFIELD MONUMENT

  1. June 2, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Following Garfield’s untimely demise, a committee was formed for the purpose of building a permanent monument for the fallen president. Construction was finished in May, 1890.

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