James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, was an Ohio native. Born in what is now Moreland Hills, he attended what became Hiram College and lived in Mentor before moving to Washington and the House of Representatives and ultimately the White House. He was assassinated and died just six months after taking office.
The Garfield Monument at Lake View Cemetery is a 180-foot tall, cylindrical building, designed by architect George Keller. It was dedicated in 1890, two years after the president's death. It sits on a hill, overlooking the cemetery grounds. The outside is adorned with five bas-relief panels, depicting scenes from Garfield's life.
The main floor of the interior is decorated with elaborate mosaic tiles, marble columns, and colorful leaded glass windows. The focal point on the main level is a larger-than-life statue of President Garfield (pictured above).
The lower level contains the flag-draped coffin of President Garfield and that of his wife, Lucretia. Two urns containing the remains of the Garfields' daughter Molly and her husband are adjacent to the coffins.
The Garfield Monument is open daily between 9am and 4pm from April 1 to November 19. Interpretive guides are available for brief tours and to answer questions. Admission is free.
(last updated 5-12-08)