Architectures of Dupont Circle

The Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington DC, slightly over a mile northwest of the White House and bordering the central business district, was populated in the decades following the Civil War. Queen Anne rowhouses originally predominated, interspersed with mansions and larger buildings in Romanesque revival and a variety of other eclectic styles. This exhibit illustrates the broad diversity of architectures of Dupont Circle, designated a Historic District since 1978.

 

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Townhouse in Queen Anne style, 21st Street. Constructed in 1887.

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click to view image   Dutch Colonial, 20th Street.
click to view image   Rooftop, Public Citizen Building, Q Street.
click to view image   Belgrano Building, Connecticut Avenue.
click to view image   Eclectic house front, R Street.
click to view image   Apex, Dupont Circle Building.
click to view image   Contemporary condominium homes, R Street. A rare example of modern design in the Historic District.
click to view image   Dupont Circle
click to view image   Office building, Connecticut Avenue. Erected in 1917, this handsome structure stands at the lower edge of the neighborhood.
click to view image   Quintessential Dupont Circle architecture. Townhouses dating from the 1880s, now quartering shops and restaurants, line the 1600 block of 20th Street NW. Photographed on New Year’s morning of 2015 at a rare moment absent parked cars and traffic.
click to view image   View of Connecticut Avenue, “Main Street” of Dupont Circle, emerging from the tunnel under the circle, looking to the northwest.
click to view image   Along Connecticut Avenue
click to view image   Clocktower along Connecticut Avenue
click to view image   Landmark office building, Connecticut Avenue. A dynamic view of forceful architecture demarcating the southerly entry point to Dupont Circle from the downtown business district.
click to view image   Detail on retail buildings, Connecticut Avenue.
click to view image   Detail on townhouse, 20th Street.
click to view image   Buffalo Bridge, Q Street.
click to view image   Connecticut Avenue aside traffic underpass
click to view image   Decorative detail below roof of building at center of above image. Extreme telephoto view.
click to view image   Dupont Circle Hotel
click to view image   Kramerbooks & Afterwords café. Brick and metal construct overlooking café.
click to view image   Embassy of Portugal, Massachusetts Avenue. Shown is the back of the building along P Street.
click to view image   Andrei Sakharov memorialized at Russia House restaurant
click to view image   Corner of Connecticut and Florida Avenues in early morning sun
click to view image   Early office building, Q Street. Built in the mid-1920s, the structure appeals with a basic geometry, and complements a similar building (“The Anchorage”) across the street.
click to view image   Phillips Gallery Addition
click to view image   Blaine Mansion, Massachusetts Avenue. Originally an early estate home, the structure serves as a commercial office building (note modern extension at left) with retail on the ground floor. Shown is the back of the building along P Street.
click to view image   Nightclub, 22nd Street.
click to view image   Teaism teahouse, R Street.
click to view image   Original Teaism teahouse stove
click to view image   Rainy Sunday morning. A couple strolls by the Café Citron, the sidewalk flush with Saturday-night detritus.
click to view image   “Toronto” office building, P Street. Constructed in 1909, the elegant edifice was originally a luxury apartment building. The structure was converted to an office building in 1955.
click to view image   Inn at Dupont Circle
click to view image   Lion in snow fronting Taft Bridge
click to view image   Taft Bridge. View from Rock Creek Park below.
click to view image   Taft Bridge (Connecticut Avenue), major route to Dupont Circle from the north.
click to view image   Townhouse in brutalist architectural style, 21st Street.
click to view image   Woman’s National Democratic Club annex. Low-rise, concrete brutalist architecture, a rarity in Washington DC.
click to view image   Brookings Institution, Massachusetts Avenue. A seldom seen example of early International style institutional architecture, constructed in 1951.
click to view image   Washington Hilton Hotel. Photographed in 2013. Construction of a major addition to the right of the building began in early 2015.
click to view image   Derelict apartment house, R Street.
click to view image   Bleak courtyard, Decatur Place.

 

Townhouses and Cadillac, R Street, Dupont Circle. Photographed in 2011

Townhouses and 1962 Cadillac Coupe, R Street, Dupont Circle. Photographed in 2011.

 
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