Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
All the Row Houses
—Diverse Visions / One Neighborhood —
The next major builders were Harry Wardman, 1920s, and Morris Cafritz, 1940s. Schneider's dual expertise contributed to quality housing for white-collar workers after World War II.
Across the Street to your left you can see new buildings that replaced five original residences. Their demolition in the 1960s spawned the neighborhood's preservation movement. The more than 60 remaining Victorian rowhouses, all with English basements, constitute the largest concentration of intact 19th-century homes in the city.
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 By the 1990s, the callbox system had been replaced by the 911 system and was abandoned.
Fire Fact | January 16, 1892
Box 318 sounded for
Erected by Art On Call. (Marker Number 255.)
Location. 38° 54.665′ N, 77° 2.395′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Q Street when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1730 Q Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Thomas' Parish Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woman's National Democratic Club (about 700 feet away); Carl Lutz (approx. 0.2 miles away); Andrew Mellon Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charlotte Forten Grimke House (approx. 0.2 miles away); See You at the Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles Hamilton Houston Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
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