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Wade Memorial Chapel, Cleveland

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#5 of 11 in Historic Sites in Cleveland
The Wade Memorial Chapel is a historic chapel in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The Neoclassical chapel was built in 1901 in Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery, which is the location of over 104,000 burials. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The chapel is located at the intersection of Lake and Chapel Roads, near the cemetery offices and north of the Garfield Memorial.
The chapel was constructed in honor of Jeptha Wade, a Cleveland industrialist who founded Western Union Telegraph. Its interior, which is largely decorated with glass, was designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The interior walls of the chapel walls contain large mosaics consisting of thousands of glass pieces showcasing the 'River of Life' and the 'River of Death.'
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  • This chapel is still used for small weddings and funerals. It’s interesting on its own but we were lucky to be there on a day with a docent present. She gave us a fascinating and detailed overview of ...  more »
  • This chapel is breathtaking. It needs to be seen to be believed. Anyone who has even the slightest interest in architecture or stained glass should visit. There was a docent who seemed to know absolut...  more »
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  • A real gem. The local historian is extremely nice and has a lot of interesting information about the place.
  • An absolute jewlbox located in one of the most beautiful rural cemeteries in the world. Designed by legendary interior design firm Tiffany Studios, the chapel interior features exquisite mosaic tilework on every surface, with every part contributing to a single overall theme, a spectacular stained glass window. There was a helpful guide in the chapel to explain the many details, but a couple fun facts: The monumental 700lb. lanterns were carved from a single block of alabaster. The entire workforce was women, not in a progressive action years ahead of its time but because Louis Tiffany thought only women had nimble-enough hands.

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