Dupont Circle

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Dupont Circle, the neighborhood, is centered around the large traffic circle of the same name. It was begun in 1871 (then called Pacific Circle) and named for Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont, whose statue once graced its central park (it was moved by his family in 1921 – the same family that started the DuPont corporation and was profiled in the Academy Award-nominated film Foxcatcher). The circle now surrounds a double-tiered marble fountain.

At one time stately mansions lined Dupont Circle, the last of which is the Patterson Mansion found at 15 Dupont Circle (at its intersection with P Street). This Italianate house was built in 1901 and served as temporary quarters for President Calvin Coolidge in 1927 while the White House was being renovated.


Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire Aves NW
Washington, D.C.
Dupont Circle
Dupont Circle



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