Baltimore’s Washington Monument has 227 steps winding up a tight spiral to the top. In the previous post, I chronicled my somewhat daunting climb. However, coming down was way scarier, particularly for someone who has a tendency to twist her ankles. I kept a tight grip on the railing while descending the stone stairs of the column, turning tightly down 13 stories. Yikes.
After successfully arriving on the ground floor, I took some time to explore. There is “colossal” sculpture of George Washington, first installed in 1843. He’s portrayed as “a classical hero in Roman dress,” according to the sign. (While the monument was being restored, this Washington bust took up residence in the Sculpture Court at the neighboring Walters Art Museum).
A large plaque (I am guessing bronze), commemorating the 100th anniversary of the monument, proudly proclaims that “This monument is the first erected by any city or state in honor of George Washington.” It also provides some history on the monument (including its funding) and its connection to the Masons. There is also information about the more recent restoration.
Looking out the door to the south, you can see a statue of Lafayette, the Frenchman who fought in the American Revolution and became a close friend of Washington, Alexander Hamilton and others.
While the inside of the monument as lots of marble and clean lines with stars in key places (looking very federal), I have also always loved the ironwork on the fence and gates outside the monument – look at the spikes and the hatchets. What message is that trying to send, besides “Keep out.”
The church across the street also has amazing architecture – it makes quite backdrop.
And scroll down to a picture of the stars on the gates, again such detail.
Whether close up or far away, from the top or from the ground, Baltimore’s Washington Monument is a wonderful monument to our first president. Now that the renovation is complete, go see for yourself. You can check out our “On the Map” page for information on the address, hours, etc.