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Shaespeare Chair

Shakespeare Chair

This chair of old English design with its famous quotation from Macbeth was the gift of the City of Cleveland to the Cleveland Public Library.


When the Shakespeare Garden of the Cultural Gardens was being planned for the Shakespeare tercentenary in 1916, Mr. Leo Weidenthal was honorary president of the Cultural Garden League.  At that time Cleveland’s mayor, Harry L. Davis, wrote to Scotland requesting a memento of ancient Birnam Wood.


Scotland responded with maple seedlings which were planted in the Garden, and a log cut from a limb of one of the remaining oaks of Birnam forest.


Here in Cleveland the wood from that log was fashioned by a skilled artisan into this chair.


Submitted by

Bryan Arnold


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