Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
At 1740 New Hampshire Ave.
—Diverse Visions / One Neighborhood —
(above) stands the Dove House (1898). The private home has been converted into a 12-unit condominium, including a single unit with a loft in the former high-ceilinged ballroom.
The Art Deco Carlyle Suites at 1731 New Hampshire Ave., built as the St. Charles Hotel, was a campaign center for both major parties in 1940, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term.
Along New Hampshire Ave. from this call box to Dupont Circle are nearly a dozen embassies and as many headquarters of national organizations - all in mansions built around 1900.
A block east at 1720 16th St. is the Toutorsky House, built 1892-94 for Associate Justice Henry B. Brown. In the mid-1940s Golda Meir lived there while working for Israeli statehood. Later Basil Toutorsky operated a music academy from the house.
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 By the 1990s, the callbox system had been replaced by the 911 system and was abandoned.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 29, 1922
An alarm sounded for roofs collapsing on nearby dwellings at 18th and T Sts. Only one fire
Fire Department information and images courtesy of Capitol Fire Museum
Caption: George S. Watson
Artist Cornelia Archley
"My imagery comes from my life experiences, the colors, from my heart. I live in Dupont Circle for 15 years and I traded my photographic skills for dance classes at Joy of Motion. Many of those photos were of the fountain at the circle."
Tour guide, map and artist information for all 22 boxes available at: www.DupontCircleCallBox.com
Erected by Art on Call. (Marker Number 244.)
Location. 38° 54.84′ N, 77° 2.303′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 17th Street NW and S Street NW, on the right when traveling north on 17th Street NW. Touch for map. The marker is on the southeast corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rooms With a View (here, next to this marker); Historic Kappa House (within shouting distance of this marker); Charlotte Forten Grimke House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Hamilton Houston Residence (about 700 feet away); Todd Duncan Residence (about 700 feet away); This section of 15th St. (approx. 0.2 miles away); You are in the "Strivers' Section" (approx. 0.2 miles away); All the Row Houses (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
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