President Taft’s Former Home on Dupont Circle

Here’s a terrific old photo of former President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft’s home on Dupont Circle. The photo was taken in 1913 and is situated on the north side of the circle. Sadly, the home no longer stands.

View of 5 Dupont Circle NW where President William H. Taft once lived. FOR RENT signs are taped into the first floor windows. Image also includes partial views of 4 and 6 Dupont Circle.
View of 5 Dupont Circle NW where President William H. Taft once lived. FOR RENT signs are taped into the first floor windows. Image also includes partial views of 4 and 6 Dupont Circle.

Source: Dig DC

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  • Audrey Burtrum-Stanley

    When did Taft dwell on DuPont Circle?
    Was this when he served on the US Supreme Court?
    What is the structure that is there today?
    The house seems fairly small or is this one of those structures that is narrow but very deep in length?
    This is a really great photo!

  • Publius Washingtoniensis

    I suspect William Howard Taft lived at 5 duPont Circle when he served as TR’s Secretary of War. By the time he became Chief Justice, in 1921, he had moved to 2241 Wyoming Avenue, N.W.

    • ET

      The 1905 and 1907 directories show him as Secretary of War but has his address as
      1603 K St. NW. The 1922 directory for the city has his address as on
      Wyoming – along with his being Chief Justice of the Supreme Court – which is
      his location in 1929. He isn’t listed before that. What is interesting is that
      his name is bolded and in bigger letters indicating a VIP I guess.

      If anyone is interested in the 1914 directory – #5 Dupont is
      taken up by the Dupont Pharmacy while #4 has a Mrs. Mary E. Gage and #6 lists Elmer
      C. Mayberry (florist).

    • suspicious_package

      He lived here from 1890 to 1892, when he was Solicitor General, which isn’t as sexy as it sounds

  • Sheila Gilbeert

    It looks to me like it’s still there, only across the street from the address you get on google maps. Changed a bit, but it sure looks like it to me. The top is gone but all the other parts look the same.
    Great photo.

    • Sheila Gilbert

      Nope, not enough levels, sorry it’s very similar but not it!

  • Popeye D. Saylorman

    That bldg. is long gone.