Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle (or DuPont Circle) is a traffic circle, park, neighborhood and historic district in Northwest Washington, D.C. The Dupont Circle neighborhood is bounded approximately by 16th Street NW to the east, 22nd Street NW to the west, M Street NW to the south, and Florida Avenue NW to the north. Much of the neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, the local government Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 2B) and the Dupont Circle Historic District have slightly different boundaries.[1]

Dupont Circle
Clockwise from the top: Dupont Circle Fountain; Connecticut Avenue; St. Matthew's Cathedral; historic Riggs Ntl. Bank; Patterson Mansion.
CountryUnited States
DistrictWashington, D.C.
  CouncilmemberBrooke Pinto
Dupont Circle Historic District
An aerial of the Dupont Circle Historic District
LocationRoughly bounded by Rhode Island Avenue, NW; M and N Sts., NW, on the south; Florida Avenue, NW, on the west; Swann St., NW, on the north; and the 16th Street Historic District on the east[1]
Coordinates38°54′34.7″N 77°02′36.4″W
Area170 acres (69 ha)
ArchitectMead McKim & White; Carrere & Hastings
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Queen Anne, Romanesque
NRHP reference No.78003056 (original)
85000238 (increase 1)
05000539 (increase 2)
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 21, 1978
Boundary increasesFebruary 6, 1985
June 10, 2005

The traffic circle is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue NW, Connecticut Avenue NW, New Hampshire Avenue NW, P Street NW, and 19th Street NW. The circle is named for Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont. The traffic circle contains the Dupont Circle Fountain in its center.

The neighborhood is known for its high concentration of embassies (many along Embassy Row) and think tanks (many along Think Tank Row).

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