James A. Garfield Memorial

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This article is about the memorial in Cleveland. For the memorial in Washington, D.C., see James A. Garfield Monument. For the memorial in Philadelphia, see James Garfield Memorial.
James A. Garfield Memorial
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James A. Garfield Memorial is located in Ohio
James A. Garfield Memorial
Location 12316 Euclid Ave. in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
Coordinates 41°30′36″N 81°35′29″W / 41.51000°N 81.59139°W / 41.51000; -81.59139Coordinates: 41°30′36″N 81°35′29″W / 41.51000°N 81.59139°W / 41.51000; -81.59139
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1890
Architect George Keller; Caspar Buberl, sculptor
Architectural style Gothic, Romanesque
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 73001411[1]
Added to NRHP April 11, 1973

The James A. Garfield Memorial was built in memory of the 20th U.S. President, James A. Garfield, who was assassinated in 1881. The memorial is located at 12316 Euclid Avenue in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio. The caskets of the President and Lucretia Garfield lie in a crypt beneath the memorial, along with the ashes of their daughter and son-in-law.[2]

The tomb was designed by architect George Keller utilizing Ohio sandstone, with reliefs depicting scenes from Garfield's life.[3] The exterior sculptures were done by Caspar Buberl. Its construction began in 1885, and it was dedicated on May 30, 1890. Its cost, $135,000, was defrayed by popular subscription.[4] The round tower is 50 feet (15 m) in diameter and 180 feet (55 m) high.[2] The interior features stained glass windows, mosaics, and a 12-foot (3.7 m)-tall marble statue of President Garfield by Alexander Doyle. An observation deck provides views of downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie. The monument was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

It is open to the public daily from April 1 through November 19 from 9am to 4pm.[5]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Garfield Monument". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. 1998-03-27. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 
  3. ^ Foster, Ellsworth D. and Hughes, James Laughlin (1922). The American Educator. Ralph Durham Company. p. 853. 
  4. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Garfield Monument". New International Encyclopedia. 1906. 
  5. ^ "James A. Garfield Monument". Lake View Cemetery. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 

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