(C-90) Baltimore Monuments
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This painting shows Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore's most elegant neighborhood and the heart of the city's historical center, with its monument honoring our nation's first president. The original design for the monument called for a statue of Washington, dressed like a Roman warrior and riding in a horse-drawn chariot, atop a massive column with an elaborate base.
The original design was changed after the owners of the houses surrounding the proposed location (originally to be located where Baltimore's old Court House once stood) suggested that the huge monument would fall over or attract lightning. A new site for the monument was found and construction started in 1815. After 15 years of construction, the costs were getting so high, the design was eventually scaled back to a simple marble shaft with a statue of George Washington resigning his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental armies. At the base of the monument is an equestrian statue of the Marquis de Lafayette, another Revolutionary War Hero.
The Walters Art Gallery aka The Walters Art Museum can be seen on the left. On the right is the Peabody Institute, a school for dancers and musicians affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. At the upper right corner of the square is the Vernon Place Methodist Church.