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Long before University Circle became a destination with many of the cultural institutions that now grace Wade Oval, there was Lake View Cemetery. Founded in 1869 by pioneering leaders of Cleveland, Lake View is one of the largest and most beautiful garden cemeteries in the United States.
Modeled after the Victorian and Edwardian garden cemeteries of France and England, Lake View is filled with dramatic natural landscapes, curved roadways, artful plantings, and carefully designed monuments. It was designed as a rural retreat for urban dwellers to reconnect with the beauty and healing qualities of nature.
Lake View performs hundreds of burials per year – nearly two per day. With interment space available over the next 100 years, our Memorial Advisors are fulfilling the pre-planning and emergency needs of families and their loved ones on a daily basis.
Whether you plan to visit for the day or stay for eternity, Lake View Cemetery is open to all walks of life. With 285 breathtaking acres and thousands of burial sites to choose from, we offer exceptional, affordable, and highly reverential resting places to all people.
The Lake View Cemetery Association is a provider of interment services to all races and religions. It is committed to preserving the cemetery, recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, as a historic burial ground that creates a welcoming environment to bereaved families. In pursuing this vision, Lake View Cemetery Association preserves and honors the heritage of past generations, serves and respects the needs of the present generation, and provides a legacy for future generations.
The Lake View Cemetery Foundation works to ensure that the beauty of Lake View Cemetery’s historic buildings, monuments, and gardens will be preserved for future generations to enjoy and to provide educational outreach programs to benefit and enrich the community.
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