Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—Diverse Visions/One Neighborhood —
Theodore Roosevelt resided in a number of houses in Dupont Circle. Two still standing are 1215 19th St. and 1820 Jefferson St. In 1898, he lived at 1810 N St. (below, since razed). That year he led a volunteer cavalry called the Rough Riders into battle in Cuba as part of the Spanish-American War. He came home a hero, and was elected governor of New York State. Roosevelt only served briefly as governor before accepting the Republican Party's nomination as William McKinley's running mate in the 1900 Presidential election. After President McKinley was assassinated in 1901. Roosevelt became the youngest man (age 42) to serve as U.S. President. During his term (1901-1909), the combative and crusading Roosevelt promoted conservation by giving government protection to open lands across the nation. He battled to limit the power of large corporations and to strengthen the United States as a power in foreign affairs.
By the turn of the century, Connecticut Ave. was changing from residential to commercial. A profusion of specialty shops drew upper-class patrons, and the promoters touted the exclusive shopping street as equal to New York's Fifth Ave. or Paris's Rue de la Paix. America's first licensed television station, W3XK, was established at 1519 Connecticut Ave. in 1928.
Image at left courtesy of The Historical Society
Artist | Jordan Potash
Jordan Potash, raised in Philadelphia, now resides in DC. An artiste and therapist, he creates expressive art rooted in Jewish spirituality. Designing sidewalk chalk murals around the fountain with friends was a great influence in this mixed media piece.
Police Call Boxes such as this one (originally painted blue) were installed in the District after the Civil War. Officers on foot patrol used this secure telegraph system to contact the station, accessing the box with a now highly collectible "gold key." This system was used until the late 1970s when it was abandoned in favor of more modern communication methods.
Erected by Art on Call.
Location. 38° 54.432′ N, 77° 2.548′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on N Street NW, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1812 N Street NW, Washington DC 20036, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Martyn Robert (a few steps from this marker); John Witherspoon (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away, measured Dupont Circle Mural Key (about 500 feet away); The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. (about 700 feet away); Myrtilla Miner (about 700 feet away); You are standing at the heart (about 700 feet away); The Paul and Phyllis Nitze Building (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Patriots & Patriotism • Politics • War, Spanish-American •
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