Dupont Circle Tour

Photo of the fountain and plaza in Dupont Circle

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 plays a central role in any history of Washington’s LGBTQ+ community. Mansions and elegant row houses from the early 1900s remain, many serving as single-family residences; others functioning 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 pastimes. Nearby is a former luxury apartment building that can claim a direct connection to the National Gallery of Art. 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 Thomas Franklin Schneider, 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. The stroll back to the Dupont Circle Metro station travels along Corcoran Street, one of the neighborhood's most charming byways, lined with ginko trees and restored rowhouses, a few of the latter faced with sculpture created by a former Dupont resident.

 

"Wonderful tour, with loads of cultural, political, and architectural history of the area. Just delightful!" - TripAdvisor reviewer 

 

More Washington D.C. walking tours you might like: Embassy Row and Logan Circle

Guides that may lead this tour: 

CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to perambulations through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

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DAVID traces his love of history to having grown up next to Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a recreated mid-19th century living history village on Long Island. He moved to the D.C. area in 2003 following a stint as a park ranger at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York City.

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MARTIN has been enchanted by the city of Washington since arriving in 1980 to pursue a government career in economics.  He found he enjoyed pounding the sidewalks of the city as much as crunching numbers and began leading special interest tours for friends and community groups.

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PAUL is a journalist, history buff, actor, and former radio newscaster who has lived in the Washington area for 26 years and still discovers something new every week.

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When 

Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Also available for private and group tour bookings. Please email info@washingtonwalks.com for more information.

Duration 
Approximately 2 hours
Reservations 
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants on public tours.
Cost 

$35 per person for public tours. 

Please email us for a private or group tour quote.

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Where 
Embarks from outside Dupont Circle Metro station (Dupont South exit--by the entrance to Krispy Kreme on 19th Street, NW)
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