Dupont Circle

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

Washington Times article on Dupont Circle (1902)

Colony of Palatial Homes Around Dupont Circle

This is an excellent page from the Washington Times, published on December 21st, 1902. We wanted to share the entire page with you, so make sure to click on the image for a detailed version of...

Where is the Original Dupont Circle Statue?

This is D.C.’s original statue of Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Dupont, installed in 1884. Here you see it – clearly sitting at the center of Dupont Circle. We see the namesake admiral but we don’t see...
massey-couple

A Canadian in Dupont Circle

I was going to go with a title about Canadians coming in peace this time, but I did not want to re-start the old “who burned down the White House?” argument all over again. Indeed, Canada...

Pizza Pioneers of Washington

Who tossed Washington’s first pizza pie?  Was it “jumbo”?  Deep-dish?  Square?  Turns out, these are tough questions to answer.  Several attempts at D.C. historical pizza research have been made (some incorrectly) in recent years.  Here we’ll...
Dupont Circle in 1900

Old Photo: Dupont Circle in 1900

Here’s a great shot of Dupont Circle. You can clearly make out the Patterson House (now the Washington Club) in the background. What an amazing shot frozen in time. Related articles Apartment Building Collapses in Dupont...
streetcar entering Dupont Underground near end of construction in 1949 (theatlanticcities.com)

Dupont Circle Closed For One Year on Monday (1948)

I took a tour of the Dupont Underground yesterday, and I have to say, it’s amazing. It’s like to step back into 1955. If you haven’t done it, you really should. You may or may not...
six-story apartment building being constructed by Thomas Pickford - April 12th, 1908 (Washington Post)

Apartment Building Collapses in Dupont Circle

You may recognize this building, because it is still there. After reading an article in the Washington Post from 1908, I have a far different perspective on the building. I was doing a little digging for...
Brickskeller

Brickskeller: It’s New … It’s Different

The slow demise of Brickskeller was sad to witness. The place was full of so many fond memories. I’m sure many of you remember back when you could smoke in bars … that place was pretty...
The Cairo Building

Man Falls Down Cairo Building Elevator Shaft

This is a worthy story for a “From the Crazy Vault” post … check it out. I came across the tale in the Washington Times from October 7th, 1894. Falling down an elevator shaft from the...
Connecticut Avenue Association advertisement in the Washington Times - February 3rd, 1921

Connecticut Avenue, the Shopping Focus of Quality and Economy

This is a great advertisement from the early 1920s. The Connecticut Avenue Association was promoting retail up and down Connecticut Ave., near Dupont Circle, including the Dupont National Bank. Related articles Car Flattened Near Dupont Circle...
Robert H. Muir's World War I Draft Registration Card (Ancestry.com)

Robert H. Muir: Manager of The Cairo

There were a couple of requests a short while back to do a post on The Cairo, the most famous residential building in the city. You can Google it or check it out on Wikipedia, so...
Blaine Mansion (1900)

Blaine Mansion: Pizza and Good Beer Today

Here’s a great color photo courtesy the D.C. Public Library Flickr photostream. It was taken, just at the turn of the century. The house was built in 1881 and was the home of James G. Blaine,...
Massachusetts and 21st St. NW (1917)

Car Flattened Near Dupont Circle

This is not good. We’re looking at a photo of a car accident on the northeast corner of Massachusetts and 21st St. NW. This is just two block west of Dupont Circle and a block north...
District National Bank, Dupont Circle (1924)

District National Bank Branch Office (1924)

WOW. This one is awesome. It’s a colorized photograph from 1924 and it shows cars lined up outside the District National Bank, Dupont Circle branch. I’ll need a little help locating exactly where this is. It’s highly...
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill

If Walls Could Talk: Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe

I’m really excited about doing this one and I’m sure there are a few of you out there that are really going to enjoy learning about our favorite spot, Kramerbooks. Since 1976, this place has been...
Big Bear Cafe

If Walls Could Talk: Big Bear Cafe

Big Bear Cafe is a lovely coffee shop which has warmed up Bloomingdale residents since 2007. It’s a favorite of many in the neighborhood and, for better or worse, people in other neighborhoods (this Portlandia clip...

Man Arrested After Frantic Drive on Dupont Circle … and Babe Ruth? (1930)

I guess D.C. has always had bad drivers. This one is from December 7th, 1930. A dizzy clockwise circle of an automobile around Dupont Circle, which caused several crashed last night, was climaxed when the driver,...
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Washington Hilton 1968

Hendrix Plays the Washington Hilton (1968)

Wow, this one is gold. Jimi Hendrix played the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Ave. NW — the same one where Hinkley shot Reagan in 1981. That’s right, the guitar god himself played to 4,000 fans in...
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