One of the more popular DC neighborhoods (among singles and otherwise) Dupont Circle is also known for being very accommodating for those looking for short commute times – served by a fleet of buses and the Washington Metro Red Line at the Dupont Circle Metro Station.
Socially, Dupont Circle has always been a strong hub for good eats, good drinks and good fun. From intense chess matches in circle center to debaucherous drag queen bingo, Dupont Circle has something for almost everyone who is open to new experiences and personalities.
Annual neighborhood events:
Capital Pride is an annual LGBT pride festival held each June in Washington. As of 2007, the festival is the fourth-largest LGBT pride event in the United States, with over 200,000 people in attendance. The Capital Pride parade takes place annually on Saturday during the festival and travels through the streets of the neighborhood.
Geographically, Dupont Circle is a historic neighborhood district located in Northwest Washington, D.C. The famous traffic circle is located at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue, New Hampshire Avenue, 19th Street and P St. The Dupont Circle neighborhood is bounded approximately by 15th Street to the east, 22nd Street to the west, M Street to the south, and Florida Avenue to the north.
Historically, the Strivers’ Section is a small residential area west of 16th Street, between Swann Street and Florida Avenue. The Strivers’ Section, named from a turn-of-the-century writer who described the district as “the Striver’s section, a community of Negro aristocracy”, was historically an enclave of upper-middle-class African Americans — often community leaders — in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The area includes a row of houses on 17th Street owned by Frederick Douglass and occupied by his son.
The area, which was once considered an overlap of the Dupont Circle and Shaw neighborhoods, is today a historic district. Many of its buildings are the original Edwardian-era residences, along with several apartment and condominium buildings and a few small businesses.
Fraternally, the annual Dupont Circle High Heel Race, first held in 1985, takes place on the Tuesday before Halloween (October 31). For several hours before 9 p.m., more than 100 drag queens stroll up and down 17th Street, often referred to as “The Runway”. The race itself, which lasts about one minute, begins at 9:00 p.m. Spectators and participants begin the festivities hours earlier. The “racecourse” extends north from 17th and P Street NW up to Riggs Place, a distance of about two short blocks.
Architectually, the local rowhouses were primarily built prior to 1900 feature variations on the Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque revival styles. Rarer are the palatial mansions and large freestanding houses that line the broad, tree-lined diagonal avenues that intersect the circle. Many of these larger dwellings were built in the styles popular between 1895 and 1910.
Fun Fact: Dupont Circle used to have an underground market, housed in the underground tunnel used by the trolley cars of days gone by. There is talk of a revival of said commerce zone.