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The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave.

Dupont Circle

 

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The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 28, 2016
1. The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. Marker
Inscription.
The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. was built in 1900 as a winter residence for the middle-aged Wadsworths, a childless couple from upstate New York. Martha helped design the block-sized mansion. During World War II it was used by the Red Cross. Empty for most of the 1920s, it became the private Sulgrave (women's) Club in 1932, with the help of Red Cross head Mabel Boardman, who lived in the Roman-brick house at 1801 P St. Boardman's house has been the Embassy of Iraq since 1942.

To your right across 18th St. is the headquarters of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (above), built in 1917 as Washington's most opulent apartment building. Designed by J. H. de Sibour, five of its six residences had 24 rooms each. Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon occupied the penthouse in the 1920s and housed his extensive collection of artwork there. Years later this collection was presented to the people of the Untied (sic, United) States as the central collection of the National Gallery of Art. Perle Mesta, American socialite and diplomat who served as the first U.S. minister to Luxembourg, later rented one of the two ground-floor suites.

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
The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 28, 2016
2. The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. Marker
The marker with the National Trust for Historic Preservation (Mellon) Building in the distance, looking across the intersection of Massachusetts Ave. and 18th St.
to contact the station, accessing the box with a now highly collectible "gold key." This system was used until the late 1970s when it was abandoned in favor of more modern communication methods.

Artist | Colin Winterbottom
This photo, one of the artist's first in black and white, changed Dupont Circle resident Colin Winterbottom's life. Its dramatic impact, capturing the cold winter night, prompted him to leave a career in health policy research to photograph Washington's urban landscapes.
 
Erected by Art on Call.
 
Location. 38° 54.538′ N, 77° 2.513′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue NW and 18th Street NW, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue NW. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Andrew Mellon Building (within shouting distance of this marker); You are standing at the heart (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Thomas' Parish Park (about 500 feet away); Samuel Francis Du Pont (about 500 feet
The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 28, 2016
3. The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. Marker
A view of the reverse of the marker looking south down 18th St. The Sulgrave Club is to the viewer's back in this view.
away); Theodore Roosevelt (about 700 feet away); Henry Martyn Robert (about 700 feet away); Woman's National Democratic Club (about 700 feet away); John Witherspoon (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
 
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The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 28, 2016
4. The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. Marker
The Sulgrave Club mansion mentioned in the marker text at 1801 Massachusetts Ave.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page was last revised on September 7, 2016.
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