While not exactly a historic home, the Lakewood Cemetery is one of the best preserved examples of historic Victorian design. Founded in 1871, local affluent society members created the park which consists of 250 acres of land. Though a cemetery, it doesn’t feel like one. It almost has a romantic feel, with its gentle, winding curves, tall trees, and views of Lake Calhoun.
As soon as you enter, beautifully carved monuments cover the grounds: Goddess looking figures, obelisks, temples, etc. Some very famous people are buried here including:
- Hubert H. Humphrey – United States Senator of Minnesota, 38th Vice President of the United States under Lyndon Johnson
- John S. Pillsbury – founder of Pillsbury and Company, Governor of Minnesota
The beautiful building in the photos is the Lakewood Memorial Chapel, designed by Harry Jones. It was built in the Richardson Romanesque style, with influence from Byzantine and was modeled after the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
The park is open to the public daily until 7pm, with the ability for self guided tours.