Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle, formerly known as Pacific Circle is a largely residential neighborhood in Washington, D.C. surrounding an eponymous traffic circle.

Balloon “Bootleggers” Chased By Police

Did you know that selling balloons on the streets of D.C. was made illegal back in 1934? There was quite a booming industry of balloon vendors trolling the streets, getting parents to buy balloon for eager...
Old Spanish Embassy at 1521 New Hampshire Ave. NW

Spanish Embassy on Dupont Circle in 1911

This photo of the old Spanish Embassy is from 1911, showing the building at 1521 New  Hampshire Ave. NW, just north of Dupont Circle. Click on it for better details. Source: Library of Congress Check it...
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.

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...
1919 Dupont Circle

Map of Dupont Circle in 1919

Check out this great map of Dupont Circle in 1919. At the intersection of Connecticut and N St. you can see what used to be the British Embassy. Source: Library of Congress
Connecticut and N St. NW

Pre-Great Depression Photos of Dupont Circle

This is the intersection of 18th, N St. and Connecticut Ave. in 1929 before the Great Depression. Source: Library of Congress And, here’s a shot of Florida Ave. and 21st St. Source: Library of Congress
1919 map of Dupont and Farragut

1919 Map of Dupont South and Farragut

This is what south of Dupont Circle and Farragut looked like in 1919, before the Mayflower was built. Source: Library of Congress
advertisement for The Toronto - 1920

Dupont Circle Apartment for $45 Monthly Payment

How would you like to live right off of Dupont Circle for $45 per month? Not a bad deal. This advertisement from Sunday, August 15th, 1920 gives you that option. Oh, before you go, make sure...
Blaine Mansion 1900

Great Photo of Blaine Mansion in 1900

This is a terrific photo of Blaine Mansion in Dupont Circle around 1900. Now, this is where you go to get some great pizza and beer and Pizzeria Paradiso. Source: Shorpy
Dupont Circle metro

Photo of Dupont Circle Metro Under Construction

Unfortunately, I didn’t find a larger version of this image, but it’s still pretty cool to see. Source: Rare Vintage Photos of Washington, D.C.
real estate listings - December 17th, 1877

For Rent: 1523 P St. $25/mon or 911 L St. $40/mon

Source: Library of Congress We came across this advertisement in the December 17th, 1877 Evening Star. Luckily, the home on P Street is still there and you can have 1523 P St. for a cool $1,085,000....
1708 Q St. NW

Superb Stone Residence at 1708 Q Street NW

Here’s a cool ad from The Evening Star. This was published in their Friday, May 4th, 1906 edition. The house at 1708 Q St. NW was for sale, and it could be acquired for the sum...
Dupont Circle underpass construction

Dupont Circle Underpass Construction

We did a post on the construction some time ago. Here’s another great photo of it from DDOT. Source: Flickr user ddotphotos
aerial view of Temple Heights in the early 1930s (Library of Congress)

Lost History: Oak Lawn and an Aerial View Before the Washington Hilton

This is an aerial view of Temple Heights and Oak Lawn, the current site of the Washington Hilton, north of Dupont Circle.
Dupont Circle Building at 1346 Connecticut Ave. NW

A 1930s Aerial View of Dupont Circle Building

You recognize this building. Yep, the one with CVS and Krispy Kreme. This is a view of it from the air in the 1930s.
Dupont Circle in 1904

Photograph of Dupont Circle in 1904

Terrific old photograph of Dupont Circle in 1904.
Dupont Circle looking east

View of Dupont Circle from Blaine Mansion

This photograph appears to be taken from Blaine Mansion sometime during the 1920s, looking east over Dupont Circle. You can see the Cairo Building in the background.
Washington circa 1900. "Jack Blaine residence." The imposing 1880s home of James Blaine, Republican from Maine and three-time presidential aspirant. The house, the only surviving example of the "castles" that once ringed Dupont Circle, is undergoing a major renovation. National Photo glass negative.

Blaine Mansion Near Dupont Circle in 1900

What an amazing photograph of Blaine Mansion in 1900. This is the only old Dupont Circle “castle” still standing. It’s also a great place to get some pizza and delicious craft beer today.
Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Panama Legation, New Hampshire Avenue and Q Street N.W." 18th Street is on the left and New Hampshire Avenue on the right. This is one of the earliest examples of a stop sign ("Boulevard Stop") in the archive. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Panama Legation at New Hampshire and Q St. (1925)

What a beautiful building. Sadly, this building no longer exists. Take a look at the same intersection today on Google Street View. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?gl=us&ie=UTF8&ll=38.911405,-77.041679&spn=0.005017,0.010568&t=m&z=17&layer=c&cbll=38.911405,-77.041679&panoid=Vv2YBHAEv5bmubFc4dx_7Q&cbp=12,212.54,,0,-1.1&source=embed&output=svembed]