Urban Trail

Station #29 - The Block

The Block

The BlockArtist Winston Wingo's bronze relief celebrates the spirit, culture and commerce of Asheville's African-American community.  The YMI Center, a focal point across the street, still hums with community and activity.  George Vanderbilt commissioned Richard Sharp Smith to design the building, the "Young Men's Institute," for the black community and employees of the Biltmore House and its surrounding estate.

Urban Trail Stations

Hotel District

A bronze eagle overlooks a storied hotel district of old Asheville

Iron Plaque that says Walk into History

This "jump off" station recognizes, via plaque, the original unfolding of Pack Square where the first log courthouse of…

two pig statues

Here you'll stand on the bed of a road (the Buncombe Turnpike) that was once traveled by Native Americans

Bronzed hat, cane, & gloves on a bench

A top hat, cane and gloves, cast in bronze, recall the theaters and the Grand Opera House that once flourished along…

Bronze pocket watch

Former resident Sydney Porter is celebrated with visual cues from his short masterpiece The Gift of the Magi.

Victorian frieze

The plaque at Station #5 draws attention to the Victorian frieze work along the front of the Drhumor Building (1895).

Elizabeth Blackwell - Urban Trail

A bench with a bower of medicinal herbs (created by Joe Miller) honors Asheville resident Elizabeth Blackwell, the first…

S&W Building

This stop pays homage to the 1929 S&W Building.