Dupont Circle, without question one of Washington’s most popular destinations; it’s lively, convenient and bubbling with activity day and night! This area is well known for its restaurants, bookstores, boutiques, coffee shops, art galleries, clubs and more. The Dupont Circle area is also a D.C transportation hub (the Metro’s Red Line stops in the heart of the Circle and numerous bus routes intersect here), so travel to other parts of the Capitol is fast and easy. Guest can enjoy easy travel to Embassy Row, Rock Creek Park, the National Cathedral, Phillips Gallery House Museum, the National Zoo, the White House, the Smithsonian Museums and the National Monuments on the Mall. Georgetown’s fabulous shopping and nightlife are easy to get to and the Adams-Morgan and Logan Circle neighborhoods are within a short walk.
Dupont Circle‘s development began in 1871 (shortly after Logan Circle’s), under its original name: Pacific Circle. This neighborhood forms the northwest corner of an inverted pyramid, in which the White House is at the South point and Logan Circle at the Northeast. In 1882, Congress commissioned a memorial statue of Civil War Rear Admiral Samuel Francis duPont to be placed at this site. The statue was unveiled in 1884, and the Circle’s name was officially changed in the Rear Admiral’s honor. The original statue was replaced in 1921 with the double tiered marble fountain that graces the spot today, though the Circle retains the duPont name.
Most of the homes around Dupont Circle were constructed from 1895-1910. They include three and four story brick row houses in the prevalent styles of the city: Queen Anne, Richardsonian, Romanesque Revival and Beaux Arts, as well as freestanding residences on relatively large parcels of land, by Washington’s standards. During development, Dupont Circle was an enclave for many of Washington’s elite, including those arriving from other parts of the country – and the world – to facilitate interaction with our Federal Government. Today, a cruise down “Embassy Row” (officially Massachusetts Avenue) offers unparalleled glimpses of some of the city’s most stunning original homes.