Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave.
— Diverse Visions | One Neighborhood —
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
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." 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 Cultural Tourism DC.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Government & Politics • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the DC, Art on Call series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1801.
Location. 38° 54.538′ N, 77° 2.513′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest and 18th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue Northwest. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Andrew Mellon Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Sulgrave Club / Wadsworth House (within shouting distance of this marker); Patterson House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); You are standing at the heart (about 500 feet away); St. Thomas' Parish Park (about 500 feet away); Hélène De Beir (about 500 feet away); Samuel Francis Du Pont (about 500 feet away); Segment of the Berlin Wall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.