Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
You are standing at the edge of Embassy Row
—Diverse Visions, One Neighborhood —
Fire Fact, 1871
The District of Columbia Fire Department was established on September 23, 1871 and included six fire companies. The "all-paid" fire department replaced the volunteer fire companies that had protected the Districts.
Caption: Original members of the Washington City Fire Department
Fire Department information and images courtesy of Capitol Fire Museum
Fire alarm boxes such as this one (originally painted red) were installed in the District after the Civil War. Telegraphs transmitted the box number (top) to a fire alarm center. This system was used until the 1970s when the boxes were converted to a telephone system. By the 1990s, the callbox system had been replaced by the 911 system and was abandoned.
You are standing at the edge of Embassy Row, which proceeds along Massachusetts Ave. from 16th St. almost to Wisconsin Ave. at Observatory Circle. This boulevard of grand mansions, row houses, and embassies, represents the finest realizations of L'Enfant's Baroque vision of grand vistas and diagonal avenues for the new nation's capital.
The majestic Beaux-Arts building nearby, now the Uzbekistan Embassy, (above) was built in the early 1900s as a residence for a wealthy sportsman, Clarence Moore. Legend has it that he sailed to England in 1912
To your left across the avenue stands the Brookings Institution, built in the 1950s on the site of Henry Cabot Lodge's house.
A graduate of Virginia Tech in studio art and marketing, Ann Marie Ferramosca teaches and exhibits her paintings throughout DC.
Artist, Ann Marie Ferramosca
Tour guide, map and artist information for all 22 boxes available at: www.DupontCircleCallBox.com
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Location. Marker has been reported damaged. 38° 54.497′ N, 77° 2.382′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Massachusetts Avenue Northwest west of 17th Street NW, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1732 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Bernardo O'Higgins (a few steps from this marker); This segment of the Berlin Wall... (within shouting distance of this marker); The Paul and Phyllis Nitze Building (within shouting distance of this marker); "Single Form" (within shouting distance of this marker); Hélène De Beir (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Admiral Miguel Grau (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Federation of Women’s Clubs (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.