Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From 1890 to 1910
—Diverse Visions / One Neighborhood —
From 1890 to 1910, some of the nation’s finest architects built mansions at or near Dupont Circle in Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque, Italian Renaissance or Colonial Revival style.
Wealthy couples living elsewhere built most of the early mansions. They sought a home in DC for the social season - January to April – because of a desire to socialize with the presidents, members of Congress, and foreign diplomats (especially if there was a daughter to marry off), and a realization that social status lacking at home could be attained here through lavish entertainment. The Phillips Collection (1600 21st St.), a partial exception, was built by a young family from Pittsburgh who felt the air was better here.
During the years 1916-1920, Lucy Mercer visited her divorced mother at the Decatur Apartments (2131 Florida Ave.), while Lucy's “good friend,” Franklin D. Roosevelt, lived around the corner (2131 R St., left). At 2122 Florida Ave., the "horse door” on the right once led to a stables where in the 1850s African Americans fleeing the South – travelers on the Underground Railroad – could hide while awaiting passage further north.
Fire Alarm Boxes such as this one (originally painted red) were installed in the District after the Civil War. Telegraphs transmitted
Fire Fact July 2, 1919
Truck Company 2 responded to 2132 R St. NW, residence of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, to remove portions of an anarchist’s body from treetops and roofs after an apparent bomb prematurely exploded.
Fire Department information and images courtesy of Capitol Fire Museum
Artist Arlette Jassel
Arlette Jassel has lived, worked and exhibited in Washington, DC for years. Washington is the muse and inspiration for her painting and sculpture, which include bronze, steel and wood sculpture as well as document illustrations.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 336.)
Location. 38° 54.759′ N, 77° 2.804′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 21st St. NW and R St. NW, on the left when traveling south on 21st St. NW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blanche K. Bruce and Josephine Beall Willson Bruce Residence (within Alberto Santos-Dumont (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cosmos Club (about 600 feet away); Connecticut Ave. from Lafayette Square to Ashmead Place (about 600 feet away); American News Women's Club (about 600 feet away); Fraser Mansion (about 600 feet away); History of Sheridan-Kalorama (about 600 feet away); Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Politics •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 7, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.