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Connecticut Ave. from Lafayette Square to Ashmead Place

Dupont Circle

 

—Diverse Visions/One Neighborhood —

 
Connecticut Ave. from Lafayette Square to Ashmead Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 22, 2016
1. Connecticut Ave. from Lafayette Square to Ashmead Place Marker
Inscription.
was just a well-worn trail for many years, after L'Enfant made it a prominent diagonal in his 1792 plan. The route was known as "the road to Holmead's" because of the family-owned cemetery at this very location.

The mansion behind you at 1701 20th St. was built in 1890 by the prominent architectural firm, Hornblower and Marshall. One of dozens in the neighborhood built of pink sandstone and red brick, it is the only such building whose exterior color looks as it did in 1890. Thanks to sandblasting to remove the effects of auto exhaust, the building is not as dark as its peers.

Built in 1922, the group of shops across Connecticut Ave. (1700 block), was the first building north of Dupont Circle designed for commercial use. At 1614 20th St., a block south, stands an exuberant Romanesque Revival house built in 1891 (left).

The mural at 1736 Connecticut Ave. (below) was originally designed for the Q St./Dupont Circle Metro exit under the mayor's summer jobs program. It was projected onto the wall and painted using pigments that last more than 100 years.

Police Call Boxes such as this one (originally painted blue) were installed in the District after the Civil War. Officers on foot patrol used this secure telegraph system to contact the station, accessing the box with a now highly collectible "gold key."
Connecticut Ave. from Lafayette Square to Ashmead Place Marker reverse image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 22, 2016
2. Connecticut Ave. from Lafayette Square to Ashmead Place Marker reverse
The marker reverse includes information about the Art on Call program, sponsors and a map of other nearby markers.
This system was used until the late 1970s when it was abandoned in favor of more modern communication methods.

Police Call Box text repeated along marker side.

Artist G. Byron Peck
G. Byron Peck, resident of DC, has used "The Fountain" in many of the 80 murals he has created in the United States and abroad. He teaches at DC museums and universities, and has won numerous awards.
Photo by Carol Galaty
 
Erected by Art on Call. (Marker Number 7.)
 
Location. 38° 54.76′ N, 77° 2.684′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of R Street NW and 20th Street NW, on the right when traveling west on R Street NW. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1950 R Street NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fraser Mansion (a few steps from this marker); From 1890 to 1910 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carl Lutz (about 700 feet away); Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Manuel Belgrano (approx. 0.2 miles away); Development in the neighborhood
Connecticut Ave. from Lafayette Square to Ashmead Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 22, 2016
3. Connecticut Ave. from Lafayette Square to Ashmead Place Marker
Looking west along R Street.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Dewi Saraswati (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cosmos Club (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
The Frasier Mansion at 1701 20th St. NW mentioned in the marker text. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 22, 2016
4. The Frasier Mansion at 1701 20th St. NW mentioned in the marker text.
The marker can seen at the far right.
Mural at 1736 Connecticut Ave. mentioned in marker text. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 23, 2016
5. Mural at 1736 Connecticut Ave. mentioned in marker text.
 
 
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