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Romance of a Romantic

 
 
Romance of a Romantic Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, May 15, 2008
1. Romance of a Romantic Marker
Inscription. This bench was the famed make out spot of F Scott Fitzgerald, one of Mt. Vernon's most famous residents. The American author and playboy was known for bringing his dates here for a romantic rendezvous. Of course, this all happened after his wife, Zelda, was committed to an insane asylum. After this, the bench became notorious for lip-locked lovers visiting the park. Fitzgerald, the famous romantic author, was influenced by the Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church, which was built in the Gothic Revival style during the Romantic period.

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Location. 39° 17.884′ N, 76° 36.947′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Washington Place, in the median. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The American Psychoanalytic Association (within shouting distance of this marker); The Axe and the Cherry Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Scott Key (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Vernon Cultural Walk-Celebrating Culture
Mount Vernon Place north image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, May 15, 2008
2. Mount Vernon Place north
Marker is to the left. The bench in question is to its right.
(within shouting distance of this marker); A Monumental Mistake (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); A Monumental Honor (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square: Mapping History. Description of this 2008 art installation. (Submitted on June 4, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. George Washington's axe
Some suspect that the story of this park bench is similar to the one told of the axe that belonged to George Washington - yes, the head has been replaced a few times, and so has the handle, but it was Washington's axe.
    — Submitted May 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

2. Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square: Mapping History
This "historical marker" was one
F. Scott Fitzgerald image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 2, 2011
3. F. Scott Fitzgerald
This 1935 portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald by David Silverette hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC

“It was F. Scott Fitzgerald who named the self­indulgent 1920s the Jazz Age, and his best-selling novel This Side of Paradise became one of the decade's first literary landmarks. But his most enduring achievement was The Great Gatsby (1925), which, in meticulously crafted prose, wove a modern morality tale set against a backdrop of luxury. Fitzgerald and his talented wife, Zelda, experienced — in New York, Paris, and Hollywood­ some of the glamorous life he evoked. But struggling with financial disappointments, alcoholism, and Zelda's mental illness, Fitzgerald also probed the destructive underside of the era's bright illusions. When he met artist David Silvette in 1935, Fitzgerald was suffering from an emotional breakdown. He agreed to pose, however, and considered this a swell portrait. His career as chronicler of the dreams and disappointments of contemporary life was cut short by his death five years later.” — National Portrait Gallery
of seven installed by Maryland Institute College of Art sophomore Daniel Allende as part of the 2008 exhibit Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square. While the text of the markers has some basis in truth, the exaggerations become quickly apparent when one takes the time to read the text. In addition to the insight the marker provides about the history of Mount Vernon Square, it also helps to illustrate how often historical markers are taken for granted, almost unseen, and how they could say most anything, yet still be unnoticed.
    — Submitted June 4, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,308 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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