Dupont Circle Self-Guided Walking Tour with Map
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Guide Name: Dupont Circle Self Guided Walking Tour
Points of Interest: 20
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Prior to the Civil War, a slaughterhouse and a brickyard were prominent features in the area now known as the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The Corps of Engineers built a rotary intersection and named it Pacific Circle in 1871. Soon thereafter, families constructed mansions and townhouses along Massachusetts Avenue. The British Embassy relocated to the area in 1872. The neighborhood is part of the “Old City” of Washington because its geographical area is within the boundaries Pierre Charles L’Enfant created when he designed the city.
Several of the extraordinary buildings built during this time still remain. Many serve as the chanceries for foreign diplomatic missions to the United States. There are numerous examples of Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque, Beaux-Arts, Italianate and Edwardian style architecture. The Strivers’ Section has been home to affluent African Americans for over a century, including Frederick Douglas and Langston Hughes. In addition to various embassies, the neighborhood is the location for the headquarters of several international think tanks, a few distinctive museums and numerous National Historic Landmarks.
When Congress decided to honor the wartime service of Rear Admiral Samuel Dupont, a statue was erected in the center of the rotary intersection in 1882. The circle and neighborhood became known by its present moniker. A memorial fountain and a park replaced the statue.
The Dupont Circle neighborhood encountered difficult times after the Second World War, but it experienced a rebirth during the early 1970s. The area took on a bohemian atmosphere as urban pioneers moved into the neighborhood. In the last few decades, Dupont Circle became more gentrified. The neighborhood is now home to trendy restaurants, coffeehouses and boutiques.
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