As Lake View Cemetery celebrates its 150th anniversary , it is poised to move forward with a bold plan to restore the James A. Garfield Memorial and make essential upgrades to the larger grounds. The Campaign for the 150th to raise $7 million has been implemented!
By supporting Lake View today, a landscape with historic value will be secured for future generations. Additional investment will also serve the neighboring community and attract other positive investments, sparking further vitality for our region.
James A Garfield Restoration Projects ($5,000,000)
Within the cemetery, The James A. Garfield Memorial has become a destination all to itself. In 1923, the trustees of the Association entrusted Lake View Cemetery with the perpetual care of the monument. To honor our commitment, we have embarked on a complete restoration of this signature structure. Renovations include:
- Tuck pointing and cleaning the building’s exterior
- Waterproofing upper and lower terrace
- Upgrading stained glass and windows while preserving historic integrit
Preserving our trees ($1,000,000)
Our garden cemetery is an arboretum, home to our famous daffodils, glorious wildflowers and plants, and a tree canopy comprised of more than 10,000 trees, including seven Moses Cleaveland trees, said to have been here when the city’s founder landed on the shore of the Cuyahoga River. A 2016 study with Davey Tree Resource Group revealed that there is immediate need for:
- Tree pruning
- Deep root fertilization
- Tree removal
- Planting of new trees
Improving Water Infrastructure ($700,000)
The pond behind Wade Chapel offers a serene walking path, benches for reflection and is the final resting space for numerous Cleveland luminaries. The pond’s habitat is in desperate need of stabilization to return its natural beauty. Repairs are also required to the antiquated water system that winds throughout the cemetery. Investing in infrastructure will preserve the integrity of the gravesites and enhance overall efficiency.
Upgrading our Veteran’s Section ($300,000)
This dedicated section provides a final resting place for honorably discharged service men and women. To honor their sacrifice, we plan to enhance this cherished area of the cemetery with:
- Flags representing each branch of the military
- Benches for families and visitors
- A covered committal area