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Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

From 1890 to 1910

Dupont Circle

 

—Diverse Visions / One Neighborhood —

 
From 1890 to 1910 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 7, 2015
1. From 1890 to 1910 Marker
Inscription.
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.

Sidebar:
Fire Alarm Boxes such as this one (originally painted red) were installed in the District after the Civil War. Telegraphs transmitted
From 1890 to 1910 Marker reverse image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 7, 2015
2. From 1890 to 1910 Marker reverse
Collaborators and donors to the Dupont Circle marker project.
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 By the 1990s, the callbox system had been replaced by the 911 system and was abandoned.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 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. Alberto Santos-Dumont (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct
From 1890 to 1910 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 7, 2015
3. From 1890 to 1910 Marker
line); Cosmos Club (about 600 feet away); Connecticut Ave. from Lafayette Square to Ashmead Place (about 600 feet away); Fraser Mansion (about 600 feet away); Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (about 600 feet away); The Arts in Sheridan-Kalorama (about 600 feet away); The Society of the Cincinnati (about 600 feet away); Tomáš G. Masaryk Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRPolitics
 
From 1890 to 1910 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 8, 2015
4. From 1890 to 1910 Marker
The Decatur Apartments at 2131 Florida Ave. NW where Lucy Mercer stayed.
From 1890 to 1910 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 8, 2015
5. From 1890 to 1910 Marker
The marker to the left of the door reads
2131 R St. N.W.
Home of Franklin Delano
and Eleanor Roosevelt
1916-1920
Mali Ambassador Residence
From 1890 to 1910 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 8, 2015
6. From 1890 to 1910 Marker
2132 R St. NW, former home of Attorney General Palmer where an anarchist killed himself while attempting to bomb the residence.
From 1890 to 1910 Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 8, 2015
7. From 1890 to 1910 Marker
2122 Florida Ave. NW, note the 'horse door' to the right where former slaves in the Underground Railroad entered.
 
 
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 241 times since then and 40 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.
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