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Dupont Circle is bounded by M Street on the South, 22nd Street on the West, Florida Avenue on the Northwest, T Street on the north and 16th Street on the East.

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Dupont Circle was first developed just after the Civil War. The Army Corps of Engineers started construction of the Circle in 18 71. Known initially as Pacific Circle, it was renamed in 1882 in honor of Samuel Francis Du Pont, a Civil War Rear Admiral in the Union Navy. The area soon became an attractive location for wealthy citizens of the city and large, ornate mansions were constructed along Massachusetts and Connecticut Avenues. Development of the grid streets followed, from about 1890 to 1910, with the construction of three and four story row houses. Few of the mansions remain, but many of the row houses, built predominantly in the Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival styles, make up much of the modern Dupont Circle area. As Washington DC grew in the 20th Century, traffic congestion at Dupont Circle became a major problem. In 1949, a traffic tunnel was constructed, allowing Connecticut Ave. to pass under the Circle. At the same time, an underground streetcar station was constructed, though it later went out of use when streetcar service ended in 1962. Dupont Circle is currently home to a number of prestigious think tanks and research institutions, including the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Eurasia Center. It is also home to the Phillips Collection, which opened in 1921 as the nation's first museum of modern art.

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Dupont Circle is serviced by the Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line. The Farragut North Station, also on the Red Line, is located just south of the Dupont Circle area. Parking around Dupont Circle can be a real challenge. Street parking is often difficult to locate and off-street parking can be very expensive.


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