A little bit of a latecomer in the Rural Cemetery Movement, Lake View Cemetery was founded in 1869, east of downtown Cleveland on rugged, steep terrain.
While due to the growth of the city and mature trees, the name comes from what had once been a commanding view of Lake Erie.
The grounds are lush, and what perhaps is different from other cemeteries I’ve visited is the large amount of evergreen trees and bushes compared to deciduous trees, the latter of which of course lost their leaves in the winter.
The framing of mausolea and gravestones with those evergreen species is done to great and successful effect in Lake View.
There is an abundance of human sculpture, as well.
One of the most famous monuments in the cemetery is the James A. Garfield Mausoleum, which was closed for renovation when I visited.
I stopped in Little Italy for lunch. There had just been a large festival in the community the day before, so most businesses were closed, but I did find a place for an excellent panino.
Holy Rosary Church is the anchor of the community.
The architecture of the area is typical of Cleveland, with lots of two family houses where the first floor unit is in the front, and the second floor is entered halfway down the right side.
I really liked this apartment building, the Italia.