Urban Trail

Location #18 - Wolfe’s Neighborhood

Wolfe’s Neighborhood

You can vault time zones by standing in the indicated footsteps, large enough for Thomas Wolfe's large shoes.  The bronze three-dimensional renderings by Susan Higgins and Kate Cohn allow you to "see through" to today's neighborhood across the street with the eclectic neighborhood of Wolfe's boyhood portrayed in the foreground ~ a mishmash of public and private buildings, including a school, a synagogue and a hospital. (Renderings conceptualized and designed by Tucker Cooke of UNCA.)

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

Curtain Calls

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On the Move

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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.

Ellington's Dream

This granite etching renders Douglas Ellington’s original working concept of two art deco buildings of government.

Past and Promise

A girl in bronze drinks at a fountain.