Urban Trail

Location #16 - Legacy of Design

Legacy of Design

Legacy of DesignThe unbridled imagination of a boy on stilts captures the spirit of architect Richard Sharp Smith who left a lasting impact on the city's architecture.  With his engineer partner, Albert Heath Carrier, he designed over 300 buildings, many of which are residential.  Favorite motifs for these homes involved hipped gables and pebbledash exteriors.  Stately B&B's in Montford and a crescent of houses in Biltmore Village witness his style. (Bronze sculpture by Dennis Smith.)

Urban Trail Locations

Woodfin House

A ceramic replica of the Woodfin House honors Nicholas Woodfin, prominent lawyer and farmer.

Wolfe's Neighborhood

You can vault time zones by standing in the indicated footsteps, large enough for Thomas Wolfe's large shoes.


A bronze version of Wolfe’s shoes draws attention to his mother’s boarding house, Old Kentucky Home.

Curtain Calls

Abstract metal sculptures wrangle to earth the myriad of emotions portrayed on stage in the long history of Asheville…

On the Move

A silvery, art-in-motion sculpture, detailed with Art Deco stampings, honors the evolution of transportation in…

Civic Pride

A bell very close in shape to this one once rung out at important times in Asheville's original City Hall.

Man and Mountain

A bronze plaque pays homage to the mountains with a nod towards Beaucatcher Road.

Time Remembered

This grass-surrounded marker reveals that there’s a time capsule buried underneath.