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Lee Monument, Monument Avenue & Allen Avenue, Richmond, Independent City, VA



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HB1186951
West And South Sides

HB1186952
South And East Sides


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Location
Monument Avenue & Allen Avenue, Richmond, VA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS VA-1295
Building/structure dates: 1890 initial construction
National Register Number: 90002098
Significance: The Lee Monument, a symbol of the reverence in which General Robert E. Lee and the confederate cause was held at the end of the nineteenth century, marks the beginning of Monument Avenue, a wide boulevard punctuated by several confederate monuments. The bronze statue of Robert E. Lee mounted on his horse, Traveller, faces south. The statue is mounted on an elaborate granite base in a landscaped, 200'-diameter circle. In 1886 Virginia governor Fitzhugh Lee consolidated two rival groups agitating for a memorial to Confederate hero Robert E. Lee into a new Lee Monument Association. The association awarded the commission for a statue to French sculptor Jean Antonin Mercie. The cornerstone was laid October 27, 1887, and the statue was unveiled amid great ceremony on May 29, 1890.

Related Names
Mercie, Jean Antonin


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. WEST AND SOUTH SIDES
2. SOUTH AND EAST SIDES
View of the south and east sides (duplicate of HABS No. VA-1295-2)


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