Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Hike Down Monument Avenue in Richmond Virginia


In April. Terry and I traveled to Richmond Virginia to attend a wedding of one of Terry's clients, Thomas Justin Morton to Andrea Marie Kastner. The day we arrived, we decided to take a hike up Monument Avenue. This main drag had traffic circles about every other block on which large Civil War era monuments were erected. The Robert E. Lee monument stands at the corner of Allen Avenue and Monument Avenue. Terry continued to hike to see the remaining monuments while I stopped to sketch.

The Virginia Commonwealth Campus had beautiful old historic buildings. We actually spotted another urban sketcher who was sketching one of the buildings. She was in the middle of the sketch, so I didn't interrupt her. The entire street had amazing architecture along with some fixer uppers that would make a gorgeous studio. I'm sure the price of real estate would make that dream less practical.

Terry and I were staying in the Jefferson Hotel (101 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA) which is rated five stars and is absolutely gorgeous. The room itself wasn't that amazing but the lobby was worth every penny. One scene in Gone with the Wind was shot on the grand staircase. Any time we weren't at wedding related parties. we were happy to explore this city by foot. It was an Urban Sketchers dream, a step back in time.

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