We also greatly appreciated the hospitality of the Friends of Washington in opening up their Meeting House and gardens for our Afternoon Tea. A stop at the nearby Spanish Steps benefited from a cultural landscape context delivered throughout the day by David Bender and his Kalorama crew. Many rounded out the tour at the American Geophysical Union, where plans for a
DCCA again this year provided free pedicab rides for any winded walkers, among them a tired DCCA President Robin Diener, who said that a
Mark your calendars as we prepare for the 50th Annual Dupont Circle House Tour and a weekend of events on Saturday and
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This year’s tour is the brainchild of Marcy Logan, DCCA Vice President and House Tour Chair. Tour-goers will understand her site selection criteria: “I want to see the inside of that house!”
Her theme drew from 46 years of neighborhood memories, including the 1985 fire at the Argyle Terrace. No one who saw it will ever forget the sight of our local chateau in flames against the night sky, its gargoyles seemingly burning at the stake. A neighbor’s skylight, a block away, still has the marks from the embers and you can see them when you visit his house, also on the tour. Marcy takes great pleasure in presenting three utterly different homes in the restored Argyle: an English basement with curving sunken patio garden the length of one side; a duplex in a turret (of course!) hand painted throughout by the artist-owner with trompe l’oeil and more; and the Mouse House, where Olga Hirshhorn once stowed some of her collection.
All the sites are of interest, we,feel, but three of note represent ongoing concerns of DCCA – historic preservation and the environment. We are proud to present plans by our scientist neighbors at the American Geophysical Union to renovate their headquarters on Florida Avenue into the first net-zero (energy self-sufficient) building in DC. Their designs for environmentally forward architecture feature a solar canopy that purposely references a nearby historic building. You can see the designs and chat with scientists before or after taking in the view from their 5th floor balcony, a special feature of the tour.
Afternoon Tea this year is hosted by the Friends of Washington, who are planning an addition. Their designs, likewise mindful of historic issues, will be displayed at the beautiful Quaker Meeting House, which you can tour before or after you take your cuppa.
Finally, DCCA appreciates the care taken by the Toolbox Gallery owners in their imaginative repurposing of a timeworn building. Their work has brought vitality to a neglected alley. Dupont Circle’s designation as a Historic District encourages such care with the hope of obtaining just this kind of outcome.
According to a recent statement to the National Capitol Planning Commission by DC Office of Planning Director Eric Shaw, data shows that historic neighborhoods are where new residents are going, along with 70% of all development. We are pleased to learn that the official numbers show what we who live here already knew: people love and value the old buildings and established byways. And so we believe that the Dupont Circle neighborhood will continue to serve as a magnet for energetic visionaries, be they scientists, artists or Quakers, willing to do historically respectful redevelopment and bearing our planet in mind.
DCCA Board member Lance Salonia (right, center) joined Dupont Circle neighbors Kishan Putta and Mary Lord (left) at Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to U.S. Army Capt. Humayan Khan, a Moslem American who paid the ultimate price for our country's freedom.
The August 7 show of solidarity, which drew a diverse group of two dozen Washingtonians, was organized by former ANC Commissioner Putta and included leaving notes, flowers, and a copy of the U.S. Constitution that
Capt. Khan and so many others have fought and died to defend.
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Graffiti vandalism is a major problem in our Dupont neighborhood and the District of Columbia. If not removed, graffiti is a visual blight; reduces property values; increases criminal activity and gives the impression to residents, businesses and visitors that we do not care about our neighborhood. Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) is committed to maintaining and improving the quality of life for everyone in our neighborhood. The best way to fight graffiti vandalism is prompt removal and, if needed, continual prompt removal.
The DC government will remove or paint over graffiti vandalism on public space or private property. Simply call 311 and provide a specific address. To clean private property, the building owner’s permission is required before cleaning. 311 can provide the required private property permission form. The signed form must be faxed to (202) 645-5392.
Graffiti includes paint, gummed labels and pasted paper.
If you have any questions or want experienced graffiti fighting neighbors to help remove or paint over graffiti vandalism or want to help DCCA fight this neighborhood blight, please call Phil Carney at 202-462-2776.
DCCA Community Grant Applications
DCCA makes grants from funds raised by the annual House Tour for the activities and projects of local organizations that further DCCA’s mission. Examples of recent DCCA grants include those to neighborhood organizations that serve individuals who are homeless or have mental illness, such as Charlie’s Place and Green Door, grants for programs and events to Dupont Circle Village and Dupont Festival, and a grant to the Ross Elementary School PTA for playground equipment.
DCCA’s Community Grants Policy and Grant Application Form are now available on the DCCA website. Applications for grants to support an organization’s ongoing activities are due by December 1st for consideration for funding at the Board of Director’s meeting in January. Organizations may also submit grant applications for one-time events or needs throughout the year. The Board will act on such applications on a rolling basis, with decisions typically provided within two months.