Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Garfield Monument

Friday we visited Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland primarily to see the Garfield Monument. T has been really interested in the US Presidents lately; the monument memorializes the 20th President, James A. Garfield.
the front of the monument

The tomb is on the lower level (aka the basement). President Garfield and Mrs. Garfield are both laid to rest: the President's has the flag. Their daughter and her husband are in the urns.

On the main floor is the rotunda with this statue of the President. The room is three stories tall (maybe higher) and is beautifully painted all the way up to the top. The thirteen original colonies and his home state of Ohio are depicted in a series of stained glass windows and murals around the perimeter of the rotunda:

New York's window

Ohio's mural

One of the big attractions of the monument is the view. We climbed up 5 flights of spiral staircase to the balcony and said, "Wow!" 
In the foreground, you can see University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University. In the background, downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie.

In this picture you can see the lake better. In the foreground is the new "Village" residence hall complex and stadium at CWRU. 

More info on the Lakeview Cemetery website and on wikipedia.

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