CLEVLEAND - Several volunteers took their time Saturday to help maintain one of Cleveland's oldest cemeteries - just in time for the Halloween season.
As part of the NARI (National Association of The Remodeling Industry) Cares program, volunteers re-roofed 2 mausoleums at Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland.
The Woodland Cemetery is a Cleveland owned historic cemetery that is in need of major renovations and upkeep, as it is mainly supported by volunteers and donations. The cemetery has a long history and some very noteworthy people have been interned there. The architecture of some of the mausoleums and headstones include incredible detail and require careful maintenance to keep them preserved.
Cleveland's Woodland Cemetery is located at 6901 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland's Central neighborhood differs from other cemeteries. According to the cemetery website , "It's sixty level acres include mausoleums in classical, Victorian, Egyptian, and Richardson rustic designs. These varied structures, along with angels, obelisks, and military memorials have caused Woodland to be favorably recognized in Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery (1989) as possessing a "profusion of well-designed monuments." In addition to being a Cleveland Landmark, since 1986 Woodland Cemetery has had the rare distinction of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places."
"Because Woodland was Cleveland's main public cemetery for over fifty of the city's most dynamic years, it is a repository for many artifacts useful to understanding the community. Not only are two Ohio governors and one lieutenant governor buried here but so is the German farmer, Bratenahl, the namesake of a distinguished suburb. The co-founders of Gates Mills, Lucy and Holsey Gates are also buried here."
NARI Cares is the Community Outreach program of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, a national association that promotes professionalism in the construction field. All time, labor and materials are donated by members of the organization to worthy causes.
Absolute Roofing and Construction, owned by brothers Chris and Mike Kamis, are spearheading the project. Material donations from ABC Supply in Cleveland.
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