Famous People

Lake View is more than a working cemetery - it's Cleveland's “Outdoor Museum and Arboretum.”  Thousands people, from all over the globe, visit every year to view the historical, horticultural, architectural, and geological gems that make up our 285 acres.  

Even though the cities of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, and East Cleveland have grown up around what was once open country side, the rural atmosphere that existed when Lake View was founded in 1869 continues to be preserved and cultivated. Lake View is a memorial to those who built our community, from titans of industry and civic leaders, to immigrant laborers and descendants of slaves.

Click here to download a map of the Early Settlers of Cleveland Hall of Fame members that are buried in Lake View Cemetery

Famous Monuments

The James A. Garfield Monument is the final resting place of the 20th President of the United States and his family. Lake View's most famous memorial was paid for by contributions from the citizens of the United States, and dedicated in 1890. It rests on the highest point in the Cemetery. From the second floor balcony, visitors can enjoy a five-mile view of downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie.

The Jeptha H. Wade Memorial Chapel is the greatest architectural treasure at Lake View.  The spartan elegance of the facade belies the glittering grandeur of the interior, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and dedicated in 1901.  Behind the four-ton bronze doors is a spectacular stained glass window depicting the Resurrection, flanked by scenes from the Old and New Testaments, which were created in shimmering gold and glass mosaics. It is one of the few interiors left in the world designed entirely by Tiffany.

Famous People

In addition to a president of the United States, Lake View is the final resting place of John D. Rockefeller, Eliot Ness, and Carl B. Stokes; members of President Lincoln's cabinet, Civil War generals and Revolutionary War soldiers, not to mention twenty-two Cleveland mayors.  On memorials throughout the Cemetery, names like Winton, Sherwin, Morgan, Grasselli, Hughes, Mather, Severance, Bolton, Cushing, Carabelli, Hanna, Crile, Glidden, Blossom, and Brush, all synonymous with Cleveland, can be seen.