Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
You are standing at the heart
You are standing at the heart of the Dupont Circle Neighborhood, roughly bounded by 16th St., M St., Florida Ave. and Swann St. Early on, as the westernmost circle on L'Enfant's 1792 plan, the large park was called Pacific Circle. Like other circles or squares not already named for a Revolutionary War hero, it was renamed in the 1880s for a Civil War officer, Rear Adm. Samuel DuPont. In 1921 the DuPont family replaced the admiral's statue with the present fountain dedicated to the Navy. The figures that make up the memorial represent the three elements necessary to navigation: Wind, Sea, and the Stars.
Of the mansions built around the Circle from 1895 to 1905, only two remain: the Patterson house (above) at 15 Dupont Circle (1901-03), and the Wadsworth house at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. (1903), both private women's clubs.
At 1400 New Hampshire Ave. stood the home of Senator George and Mrs. Phoebe Hearst. He made millions from mining; she gave funds and time to DC education, including the National Cathedral Girls' School. Their son, publisher William Randolph, was a frequent visitor. Seer Jean Dixon lived at 1312 19th St. until her death in 1997.
Fire Fact | December 12, 1955
A fire swept through a converted stable at 1730 New Hampshire Ave., NW, badly burning seven people including five firefighters. Fire
Fire Department information and images courtesy of Capitol Fire Museum
Artist | Nicolas F. Shi
The Dupont Circle fountain is a favorite subject for neighborhood artist Nicolas F. Shi, whose bright and colorful style has become his trademark.
Erected by Art on Call.
Location. 38° 54.538′ N, 77° 2.611′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Dupont Circle and 19th Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20036, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dupont Circle Mural Key (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Francis Du Pont (within shouting distance of this marker); Patterson House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The mansion at 1801 Massachusetts Ave. (about 500 feet away); Andrew Mellon Building (about 500 feet away); Development in the neighborhood (about 600 feet away); James G. Blaine Mansion (about 600 feet away); Lajos (Louis) Kossuth (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
Categories. • Man-Made Features • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.