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. The walk concludes at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market. During peak season, over 40 farmers offer fruits, vegetables, breads, cut flowers—and more.
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