Here are a couple interesting facts about Monument Avenue. 

Monuments: Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, Matthew Fontaine Maury, Arthur Ashe.

The big day: Some trace the exact date of Monument Avenue’s birth to May 29, 1890, when a parade on Franklin Street drew some 25,000 people for the unveiling of the statue of Lee. Due to poor economic conditions, the first houses on Monument Avenue weren’t built until 1903. The first house was built at what is now 2000 Monument Ave.

Architectural highlights: Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Classical Revival, Mediterranean, Romanesque, Tudor Revival.

Do you remember? In 1968, Helen Marie Taylor stood in front of a machine to prevent it from paving over the avenue’s original asphalt paving blocks. 

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