“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Dupont Circle Mural Key

Dupont Circle Mural Key Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, November 30, 2017
1. Dupont Circle Mural Key Marker
Inscription.  Images Courtesy Of: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division • DC Public Library, Washingtoniana Division • Heurich House Museum • Women's National Democratic Club Archives • Michael Cianciosi Private Collection, Potomac Bottle Collectors Club • Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division • Wells Fargo Corporate Archives

Photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) opened her DC studio in 1894, documenting the city's political and social events, and architecture. Her work includes portraits of Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain and Booker T. Washington

Stewart's Castle, designed by renowned architect Adolph Cluss, was built in 1873 for Senator William M. Stewart (R-NV), an important supporter of public building improvements. Cluss' Designs set a new standard in DC. (Photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston)

From 1886 to 1893, Stewart's Castle was the seat of the Chinese Legation in Washington. By this time, Dupont Circle had grown into a popular and booming neighborhood, with many large mansions around the Circle. Today, many of these historic mansions are home to embassies and consulates.
Dupont Circle Mural and Key Marker in Breezeway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, November 30, 2017
2. Dupont Circle Mural and Key Marker in Breezeway
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(Photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston)

The Whittemore House, built between 1892 and 1894, was designed by Washington architect Harvey L. Page for opera singer Sarah Adams Whittemore, a descendent of the well-known Adams family of Massachusetts and her husband, William C. Whittemore.

Florence "Daisy" Harriman at a suffrage parade in New York, c. 1917. Harriman, c. 1917. Harriman, with Emily Newell Blair, founded the Woman's National Democratic Club in 1922 to support women's expanding role in politics. Since 1927, the Whittemore House has served as a meeting place for the WNDC.

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped slavery to become an abolitionist, social reformer, orator, writer and statesman, fighting for the emancipation and civil rights of African Americans, and vigorously supporting the women's rights movement. Cedar Hill, his home in Anacostia, is designated as a National Historic Site.

The 1900 Census, showing Lewis H. Douglass' residence at 2002 17th Street NW. The home was one of three built by his father, Frederick Douglass, in the historic Strivers' Section, an enclave of prominent African Americans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Patterson House at 15 Dupont Circle. Built in 1901 for Robert Patterson, editor of the Chicago Tribune, it served as the temporary residence of President
Dupont Circle Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, November 30, 2017
3. Dupont Circle Mural
and Mrs. Coolidge during the renovations to the White House in 1927. It is now home to the Washington Club, DC's first woman's organization, which was founded in 1891 with a social and educations mission. Membership was opened to men in 1979.

Dupont Circle, originally known as Pacific Circle, was built in 1871 by the Army Corps of Engineers, and later named for Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont. The fountain at its center was designed by Lincoln Memorial creators Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon and built in 1921. Today, the park attracts some of the city's best chess players and is also a location for political rallies.

The Heurich House, located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest in Dupont Circle, was built in 1892 by German immigrant, philanthropist and American beer baron Christian Heurich. Heurich ran the Christian Heurich Brewing Company until his death at 102 years old. The mansion, constructed of concrete and steel, was Washington's first fireproof house, and is now a museum.

Christian Heurich Brewing Company letterhead, c. 1950. The brewery located along the Potomac River at 26th and D streets until 1956, was the largest private employer in the nation's capital, with a capacity of 500,000 barrels of beer a year and 250 tons of ice daily.

Map of the City of Washington, 1846. Until 1870, the area around Dupont Circle was
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undeveloped. In 1871, the Army Corps of Engineers, on behalf the Board of Public Works, undertook the construction of Pacific Circle, as specified on Pierre L'Enfant's plan. On February 25, 1882, Congress renamed the circle to "Dupont Circle."

in 1916, Wells Fargo opened a new express office in Washington, DC. The front office was managed by Ms. Bronson Quaites, who assisted with express shipments. She was also a champion bowler. By 1918, Wells Fargo had 10,000 from "Ocean to Ocean" and "From Over the Sea".

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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansArchitectureArts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #30 Calvin Coolidge, and the Women's Suffrage series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 38° 54.514′ N, 77° 2.588′ W. Marker was in Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker was on Connecticut Avenue Northwest
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south of Dupont Circle Northwest, on the right when traveling south. In the breezeway on the wall for Panera Bread. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1350 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. You are standing at the heart (within shouting distance of this marker); The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel Francis Du Pont (about 400 feet away); Sulgrave Club / Wadsworth House (about 400 feet away); Andrew Mellon Building (about 500 feet away); Patterson House (about 500 feet away); In Memory of Henry Martyn Robert (about 500 feet away); Theodore Roosevelt (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 5, 2022