Never Built Hamilton Circle at Massachusetts and Idaho

Wait, Hamilton Circle? Do you know where that is? Probably not, because it was never completed.

The neighborhood surrounding the circle was once dubbed Fairview Heights, which no longer seems to appear on any contemporary maps.

Hamilton Circle and Fairview Heights in 1903
Hamilton Circle and Fairview Heights in 1903

Here’s the full map from 1903 showing the proposed Hamilton Circle at Massachusetts and Idaho. Today, it’s a six-way intersection of the two state streets and 39th St. NW.

1903 map of Northwest D.C.
1903 map of Northwest D.C.

It’s not the only ghost circle in D.C. today. We wrote about another interesting circle that would have been at 16th and U St. NW, called Hancock Circle.

Below is what the intersection looks like today.

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