Cleveland photographer Barney Taxel has spent over a decade, during all seasons, exploring this stunning landmark. The culmination of his personal project is this collection of over two hundred photographs that reveal the spirit and essence of the Lake View Cemetery. He captures unusual images of the famous Garfield Monument and Wade Chapel and reveals the artistic splendors of the landscape, stonework, and memorials. The book also includes a history of Lake View Cemetery based on archival research and meditations on time, place, and nature.
Lake View Cemetery, founded in 1869, was modeled after the great garden cemeteries of Victorian England and France. Over 107,000 individuals are interred on the sprawling 285 acre expanse that is located four and one-half miles from Cleveland’s Public Square. According to an 1870 Plain Dealer report, the cemetery was designed to combine all the attractive features that “nature and true art can produce” to harmonize nature’s alphabet—“stone, earth, wood and water.” The landscape was laid out with broad avenues and shady walks “near the fountains in view of many a rustic pile [edifice] and quiet grave and stately monument.” The cemetery became the burial place for many of Cleveland’s prominent citizens including President James A. Garfield, John D. Rockefeller, and J. H. Wade.
Barney Taxel moved to Cleveland from New York City in 1967. He is an award-winning commercial and
fine art photographer and teacher of photography. His work is exhibited and reproduced frequently in regional publications and The New York Times. Taxel has several books to his credit, including Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Cleveland: Continuing the Renaissance, The Science of Music as Medicine, and Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking.
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Laura Taxel is an award-winning journalist and author. Her work earned a favorable review in The New York Times when she was just twenty-one. Her most recent book, Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking, coauthored with Marilou Suszko, was published by the University of Akron Press in 2012. After more than forty years, she is still thrilled to have a career telling stories.
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