Named for a scion of the prominent Delaware family, Dupont Circle evolved from a hardscrabble “wilderness” to become Washington’s most fashionable address at the close of the nineteenth-century. Today it is one of D.C.’s most vibrant neighborhoods (Kramer Books stays open 24 hours a day on the weekend.) It also remains the heart of Washington’s LGBT community. Mansions and elegant row houses from the early 1900s remain, many as single family residences; others serve as museums, bed and breakfasts, embassies or non-profit organizations.
We’ll start with a look at a “brewmaster’s castle,” then it’s on to Dupont Circle itself, where people watching and chess matches are favorite past times. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is headquartered nearby in a former luxury apartment building. A church that rose from the ashes to become a beacon of social activism is next, followed by a block of stunning row houses designed by one of D.C’s. most prolific architects. Two blocks away he developed the apartment tower that gave rise to the District’s building height limit.