Mount Vernon in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Topics and series. War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1777.
Location. 39° 17.835′ N, 76° 36.938′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in Mount Vernon. Marker is at the intersection of North Charles Street and Monument Street, in the median on North Charles Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To George Washington (here, next to this marker); Washington Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peabody Library (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peabody Conservatory (within shouting distance of this marker); Hackerman House (within shouting distance of this marker); Contributing to Society: Baltimore's Best Address (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Vernon Cultural District (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial To Edward Berge (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
More about this monument. This 16 foot high bronze of Lafayette astride a horse on a 16 foot high marble base is by sculptor Andrew O’Connor, Jr. (1874–1941).
From the Smithsonian Institution Research Information Service: “The Lafayette Monument was the subject of one of the most contentious sculpture debates ever in Baltimore. In 1919, landscape architect, Thomas Hastings, of Carrere and Hastings, who was hired to relandscape Mt. Vernon Place decided to install the new Lafayette sculpture south of the Washington Monument where it stands today. Many objected to this site because such a large sculpture and base, it was thought, would block the view of the Washington Monument from the south. Despite the criticism, Hastings prevailed and the sculpture was installed as planned on September 6, 1924, the anniversary of Lafayette’s birthday.”
Additional keywords. Revolutionary War patriot Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis
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