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  • Monument Name

    Civic Pride Bell, Asheville

  • Type

    Bell

  • Subjects

    Local History

  • City

    Asheville

  • County

    Buncombe

  • Description

    The monument represents a bell located on the roof of the city hall from 1892- 1926. The granite circles at the base of the bell represent bollards and are in the shape of the octagonal City Hall’s belfry. The plaque tells visitors of the significance of the memorial.

  • Inscription

    Bell: MO SHANE BELL FOUNDARY BALTIMORE, MD 1891

    Plaque: CIVIC PRIDE / Asheville’s central square has long served the needs of government and commerce. From 1892-1926 a massive city hall with a bell tower dominated the east end. The building departments in addition to municipal offices. In stalls downstairs African-American and white merchants operated a public market.

  • Custodian

    City of Asheville

  • Dedication Date

    2002

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.595800 , -82.550800 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Civic Pride Bell - Asheville - North Carolina," Waymarking.com (accessed November 2014) Link

      Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department. "Urban Trail Walking Tour" (accessed November 17, 2014) Link

      File, Mark. "Asheville Urban Trail" in Asheville and NC Mountains 2014 Vacation Guide, RomanticAsheville.com (accessed November 2014) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Steel, granite

  • Sponsors

    Family and friends of Gordon H. Greenwood

  • Subject Notes

    This historic bell is similar to the one that hung in the 1892 City Hall, which stood at the east end of Pack Square. Asheville's central square has long served the needs of government and commerce. From 1892 to 1926 a massive city hall with a bell tower dominated the east end. The building housed police and fire departments in addition to municipal offices. In stalls downstairs African-American and white merchants operated a public market.

    The monument is part of an "urban trail" developed by the city Asheville in the early 2000s to interpret the history of the city's downtown.

  • Location

    The monument is at the intersection of North Market Street and College Street on Market Street.

  • Landscape

    The bell sits on red bricks on the sidewalk, under a shade tree. The plaque is closer to the curb.

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