WADE CHAPEL

visit to a lovely former worksite

 

N O S T A L G I C  

 

November 2014

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So I sort of cheated, I suppose, highlighting two Lake View Cemetery landmarks back to back. But I couldn’t pass up the chance, considering Garfield Monument and Wade Chapel both close to the public in November. And I don’t like to miss a chance to explore Wade Chapel, where I spent a season as a docent telling the story of the neoclassical building, which was dedicated in 1901, to school kids on field trips or tourists on Lolly the Trolley tours. It remains a special place to me, perhaps because I got to know it so well, or to interest others in its details and craftsmanship, or just because I find it beautiful.

Also, this memorial chapel built in honor of Jeptha Wade just happens to present texture galore. The entire interior was designed by the Louis Comfort Tiffany studio after all, which means mosaics, wood, alabaster, bronze, marble—and Tiffany’s trademark: Favrile glass, which layered translucent, iridescent and opalescent glass to create deep colors and a stunning effect. This textural fantasyland depicts the “The Voyage of Life.”

Perhaps you’ve seen many Tiffany-styled lamps, but what about an entire Tiffany interior?

Wade Chapel Texture

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