Connecticut Ave. from Lafayette Square to Ashmead Place

Connecticut Ave. from Lafayette Square to Ashmead Place (HM1RC6)

Location: Washington, DC 20009
Country: United States of America

N 38° 54.76', W 77° 2.684'

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Dupont Circle

— Diverse Visions/One Neighborhood —

was just a well-worn trail for many years, after L'Enfant made it a prominent diagonal in his 1792 plan. The route was known as "the road to Holmead's" because of the family-owned cemetery at this very location.The mansion behind you at 1701 20th St. was built in 1890 by the prominent architectural firm, Hornblower and Marshall. One of dozens in the neighborhood built of pink sandstone and red brick, it is the only such building whose exterior color looks as it did in 1890. Thanks to sandblasting to remove the effects of auto exhaust, the building is not as dark as its peers.Built in 1922, the group of shops across Connecticut Ave. (1700 block), was the first building north of Dupont Circle designed for commercial use. At 1614 20th St., a block south, stands an exuberant Romanesque Revival house built in 1891 (left).The mural at 1736 Connecticut Ave. (below) was originally designed for the Q St./Dupont Circle Metro exit under the mayor's summer jobs program. It was projected onto the wall and painted using pigments that last more than 100 years.Police Call Boxes such as this one (originally painted blue) were installed in the District after the Civil War. Officers on foot patrol used this secure telegraph system to contact the station, accessing the box with a now highly collectible "gold key." This system was used until the late 1970s when it was abandoned in favor of more modern communication methods.Police Call Box text repeated along marker side.Artist G. Byron PeckG. Byron Peck, resident of DC, has used "The Fountain" in many of the 80 murals he has created in the United States and abroad. He teaches at DC museums and universities, and has won numerous awards.Photo by Carol Galaty
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HM NumberHM1RC6
Marker Number7
Placed ByArt on Call
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 5:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322717 N 4309072
Decimal Degrees38.91266667, -77.04473333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.76', W 77° 2.684'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 45.6" N, 77° 2' 41.04" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1911-1999 R St NW, Washington DC 20009, US
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