Wednesday, July 30, 2014

About Monument Avenue . . . .

Monument Avenue might be Richmond's crown jewel, but its early years were fraught with uncertainty. In 1893, just three years after the statue of Robert E. Lee was erected near what is now Monument Avenue's eastern boundary, a nationwide economic depression brought the construction of Richmond's grand avenue to a halt. For the next dozen years, the statue of Lee stood in a vacant field beyond the western edge of the city, surveying a large empty span. As the economy recovered, though, construction on Monument Avenue resumed with the first houses going up in 1902. The model was straightforward.

After the Civil War, a wave of admiration of French art and culture swept over the U. S., and Monument Avenue's planners wanted a street that would convey the grandeur of Paris's Champs-Elysees. Instead of the Arc de Triomphe, we have the Lee Monument forming the focal point of the vista. The tree-lined avenue was originally just three blocks long, but over the course of several decades, it extended further west. It now spans five miles from North Lombardy Street in the city to Horsepen Road in Henrico County. Likewise, the number of statutes on Monument Avenue grew to six. The newest monument, which honors Arthur Ashe, was unveiled at the intersection of Monument and Roseneath Road in 1996.

All of Monument Avenue awaits you right outside the doors of Maury Place at Monument, which is located directly across the street from the Matthew Fontaine Maury monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument