Dupont Circle, Washington D.C.

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  • The Back of the Wilson House facing the garden.
    The Back of the Wilson House facing the...
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  • The Music Room on the first floor
    The Music Room on the first floor
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  • Outside the Heurich House.
    Outside the Heurich House.
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  • Washington DC - Two Unique Houses

    by INTPHOTO Updated Jun 9, 2015

    The Christian Heurich House Museum
    1307 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington, DC 20036, Dupont Circle Metro,

    The Heurich House in the DuPont Circle Neighborhood still has most of its original furnishings and decorations the rooms are snapshots of late-Victorian German-American life. They reflect the life of Christian Heurich, a self-made businessman who emigrated from Germany. As the owner of the Heurich Brewing Company, he became the District’s second largest landowner and largest non-governmental employer. Was the manager of the company at his death in 1945 at the age of 102, he was the world’s oldest brewer. The house was built out of reinforced steel and concrete. None of the 15 fireplaces has ever been used. The interior of the house is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and design. The 31-rooms have hand-carved wood, fireplaces with individually carved mantles and cast bronze fire backs, hand-painted ceiling canvases, luxurious furnishings, and original turn-of-the-century family collections. Very well preserved with original furniture. One advantage of the self-guided option is that you could explore and take pictures to your heart's content. However, I think I missed some of the interesting stories that the guided tour offers. The top two floors of the house are closed to the public, and that's a shame, but still, you get three stories to explore. The workmanship is very high quality. The tours are limited, so definitely check their website. A picture of the house outside and the first floor music room is shown

    The President Woodrow Wilson House
    2340 S Street, NW · Washington, DC 20008 · DuPont Metro

    President and Mrs. Wilson moved from the White House to the S street home on the last day of his presidency, March 4, 1921. President Wilson lived here until his death in 1924, and Mrs. (Edith) Wilson lived here until her death in 1961. The house is in a Georgian Revival style and is designed by architect Waddy Butler Wood and completed in 1915. The house has many interesting features, including a marble entryway and grand staircase, Palladian window, book-lined study, and solarium overlooking the excellent formal garden. The home has been maintained much as it was in 1924, including furniture, art, photographs, state gifts, and the personal effects of the Wilson's. The drawing room includes a Steinway piano that President Wilson had in the White House, a framed mosaic that Wilson received on his trip to Italy in 1919 from Pope Benedict XV, and a wall-sized Gobelin tapestry presented by the people of France following World War I. Wilson is the only President to have made Washington his permanent home following his terms in office. He made a radio address to the American People from the House on November 11, 1923, the fifth anniversary of Armistice Day – the first nationwide remote radio broadcast. A picture of the back of the Wilson House from the garden is included.

    Outside the Heurich House. The Music Room on the first floor The Back of the Wilson House facing the garden.
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    Dupont Circle: Washington DC Loves Its Circles

    by von.otter Updated Jan 9, 2010

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    According the original plan for D.C. which was drawn up by Pierre Charles L’Enfant, General Washington’s hand-picked architect to lay out his cherished federal city that would bear his name, Dupont Circle was developed in 1871. On L’Enfant’s plan it was called Pacific Circle instead. It took an act of Congress to rename the traffic circle in 1882 for Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Dupont; at the same time a memorial statue was authorized to recognize Dupont’s Civil War service. The statue (never liked by the Admiral’s children), erected in 1884, was replaced in 1921 with a double-tiered white marble fountain (see photos 2, 3, 4 & 5).

    Sculptor Daniel Chester French and architect Henry Bacon, co-creators of Washington DC’s Lincoln Memorial, designed the fountain. Featured on the shaft of the fountain are three allegorical figures, the Sea, the Stars and the Wind (see photo #4), guiding a sailing ship.

    Despite being situated in the middle of mainstream traffic the park surrounding the fountain is a lovely place to relax.

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    by doug48 Written Sep 22, 2007

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    pictured is the fountain at dupont circle. just to the northwest of dupont circle is embassy row on massachusetts ave. this neighborhood was once home to the wealthy but during the great depression in the 1930's many families had to sell their mansions to foreign embassies. a very interesting neighborhood to visit in washington d.c.

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    I Love Dupont Circle

    by ForestqueenNYC Updated Jul 29, 2006

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    Dupont Circle is to Washington what Union and Washington Squares are to New York. It is sort of the hippy, anti establishment, artsy area. I am none of those and haven't been for about 40 years, but I still consider it one of my favorite places to go. I think it would be high on my list as a neighborhood to live in if I were to move back to Washington.

    There are lots of great restaurants, shops, bookstores, and art galleries including the Phillips, one of my favorite galleries in the world. And it is so convenient to everything.

    For some good photos of the area see the website below.

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    take a walk in the Dupont neighborhood

    by kfizyta Written Jan 24, 2005

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    The Dupont circle area is my favorite in the city. It is well worth your time to spend an afternoon walking around and seeing the beautiful building and cute shops and cafe's as well as spending some time in the park feeding the birds and watching the people.

    A few nice blocks are Q street between 17th and 18th, New Hampshire between T Street and Dupont Circle, Connecticut Ave from Dupont circle to Florida Ave and Florida Ave from 21st to Q Street.

    There are so many other pretty streets, but this is at least a start

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    Neighborhood-DuPont Circle

    by Dabs Written Oct 21, 2004

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    My final night in DC was spent at the Westin Embassy Row near DuPont Circle so on my last morning I took a walk through the neighborhood to view some of the fine mansions that now house embassies, walking over to the Bison bridge. If you continue on Q St. past the bridge, you would be in Georgetown.

    The DuPont Circle neighborhood is a fashionable area, with many restaurants, shops, bookstores and coffeeshops and a large gay community.

    I was only able to try one restaurant, Pizzeria Paradiso, which was open Sunday for lunch unlike many of the other places I wanted to try.

    I stopped by Kramer Books and Afterwords which came highly recommended by both Fodor's and Vter Kentbein but was only able to stay for a minute. It looked like a fine place to grab a cup of coffee, dessert or breakfast.

    Please see my travelogue for some more pictures of the DuPont Circle area.

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    DuPont Circle

    by Erin74 Written Mar 26, 2004

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    Dupont Circle is located where Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire Avenues meet. There, you'll find a landscaped circle in the center of which is a marble fountain. The fountain was designed in 1921 by the same men who designed the Lincoln Memorial.

    The Dupont Circle neighborhood is very cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic. Here, you'll find lots of restaurants, art galleries, bookstores, various embassies, museums, offices and private homes. It is a residential neighborhood, but there are several hotels in the area as well. This is a great place to stay while you're in D.C. You'll find easy access to a subway stop and there are lots of things to see and do withing walking distance.

    The DuPont Circle area blossomed in the 1870s and soon thereafter became a popular location for rich magnates from around the country to build their elaborate homes. The area is now an historic district and you'll see examples of fine architecture everywhere you turn.

    Today, many of the great mansions in the area serve as embassies or museums. The Phillips Collection is here, the first museum of modern art in the country. You'll also see the Heurich Mansion, which houses the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

    Dupont Circle is a lovely place to visit or stay while in Washington D.C.

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    Dupont Circle

    by Tom_Fields Written Aug 26, 2006

    This is one of Washington DC's main crossroads, where people come from all over and meet. Here are many of the city's most "happening" places. It's a key reference point.

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    Around the Dupont Circle

    by Robert_Hun Written Apr 9, 2005

    It's a really pleasant and nice residential area around the Dupont Circle (esp. along Connecticut Ave towards NW). If you take Massachusetts Ave (NW), you will get to the Embassy Row.

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