Friday, July 22, 2016

Exploring Washington: Dupont Circle

As part of our Exploring Washington series, we wanted to dedicate a post to Dupont Circle: home to Johns Hopkins SAIS. With its bistros, bars, bookstores, upscale retail stores, and tree-lined streets, Dupont Circle is one of North West Washington's most trendy and sought out locations. Dupont is an especially attractive neighborhood for those interested in the field of international relations, as a number of the embassies, policy institutes, and think tanks in Dupont offer events and seminars that are open to the public. 

Designed by architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant, Dupont Circle  remained a relatively undeveloped neighborhood until a large influx of new residents arrived in Washington following the American Civil War. The neighborhood experienced a decline after World War II and particularly after the 1968 Washington, D.C Riots, then resurged in 1980s and 1990s as a result of gentrification.

Dupont circle is one of the more expensive Washington neighborhoods, with monthly rent prices ranging between $1400-2400 for a studio, $2000-2900 for a one-bedroom and $2400-3600 for a two-bedroom. Though rent is relatively expensive in Dupont, with hard work and persistence, it is possible to find reasonably priced housing. Residences in Dupont are predominately historic rowhomes built in the early 1900s and mid-rise apartment buildings.

Dupont Circle encompasses a number of cultural attractions, including Embassy Row; the National Geographic Museum; President Woodrow Wilson's former home; the Phillips Collection; DC Improv, the city’s most popular comedy club; and Dupont Underground, 75,000 square foot tunnel used for public educational events, art exhibitions, and pop-up retail and dining.

Dupont underground is a 75,000 square foot tunnel used for public events and pop-up shops. Pictured above is Dupont Underground's premiere art exhibit, "Re-Ball."

More In This Series:
Exploring Washington: Embassy Row
Exploring Washington: Think Tank Row