I know, it sounds really odd to drive all the way from Wisconsin to Ohio to visit a graveyard, but there is so much beauty to see! Lakeview Cemetery is beautifully landscaped and the memorials are absolutely stunning. We spent over two hours touring the grounds there last week Sunday.
Lakeview Cemetery is home to the Wade Memorial Chapel which is one of the few chapels to have an interior completely decorated by Louis Comfort Tiffany. We were really anxious to see this chapel.
|Jeptha Wade sign|
As we approached the open door of the chapel, we caught just a glimpse of the beautiful stained glass window. The doors are bronze and weigh two tons. (I was amazed at how heavy they felt, but they swung quite easily on their massive hinges.)
We went in through the doors and...........
There I am, in awe, staring at the most beautiful Tiffany stained glass window I have ever seen in person!
There are two 8' x 32' glass mosaic murals on the walls of the chapel, depicting the 'Voyage of Life' and they were unbelievably beautiful. Taking into account how much work went into their design and how many individual pieces of glass are involved, the sheer amount of hours of labor becomes almost hard to comprehend.
There are large lanterns hanging in front of the chapel, each one carved from a single piece of alabaster and one of the first electric lights in Cleveland.
Once our knowledgeable guide found out we were interested in stained glass and especially in Tiffany's work, he let us go behind the roped off area to get a closer look at the window where we could see how many different layers of glass went into the construction of the window to depict light, shading and shadow. So very beautiful; almost surreal.
The sky was overcast when we were there, but our guide told us he thought the window looked the best in this light as sunshine tends to make it too bright. Either way, it is a masterpiece!
We were so glad we were able to see Lakeview Cemetery and especially, the Wade Chapel.
What a priceless piece of history!