Robin Diener, Chairperson

1612 Corcoran Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
robinsdiener (AT) gmail (DOT) com

DCCA is only as good as its members.  This Committee is charged with recruitment and retention of the DCCA Membership. It plans special events and make recommendations to the Board on Membership issues. Current efforts include: Membership ID Cards, and the Preferred Merchants Program.

Recent Membership Meetings

Monday, December 2

The Mediterranean Way

DCCA members and friends enjoyed the food, Greek olive oil,and Italian balsamic vinegar samples at The Mediterranean Way, and the explanations about their production by owners Niko and Oana.

In the business part of the meeting, Charlie Ellis, 2nd Vice President and Chair of the Preservation Sub-Committee announced that, as approved at the November membership meeting, DCCA has sent a letter to the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington requesting a meeting to discuss alternatives for financing the rebuilding of St. Thomas Church that would preserve needed green space in Dupont Circle and not necessitate construction of a large residential building on Church Street. Members are encouraged to send their own letters as well.

Monday, November 3

Church of the Pilgrims

2201 P Street, NW

During the Gilded Age, Dupont Circle was Washington’s undisputed center of wealth, power and status. Over twenty years, it evolved from small farms and an overrun city cemetery to a community of grand homes for society’s elite. Residents included future president William Taft, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, newspaper publisher Cissy Patterson and many more. From the intimate dinners and receptions of the Cave Dwellers to the lavish balls of Mary Townsend and others in the “smart set,” Dupont Circle marked each social season in the capital. Satirized in Mark Twain’s novel The Gilded Age, the nouveau riche lifestyle of Dupont Circle was fodder for newspaper celebrity gossip. Author Stephen Hansen brings to life the intriguing history of Washington’s famed Dupont Circle.

Stephen A. Hansen is a longtime resident of Washington, D.C. He is an architectural historian and historic preservation specialist, and author. He is principal at DC Historic Designs, LLC, in Washington, D.C. Previously, he worked for the National Park Service and as an archaeologist in and around the Washington area. He serves as a trustee of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City and sits on its historic preservation committee.

Founded in 1922 in a townhouse at 1767 P Street, to promote and protect the interests of the residents, the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) is the premier civic and residential organization in the Dupont Circle area.

DCCA brings neighbors, including residents, businesses and non-profit organizations, together to improve the quality of life in an active and diverse urban neighborhood. It holds membership meetings 9 times each year, which are open to the public, runs the Dupont Circle House Tour, resolves neighborhood issues through its committees, donates to local causes, and incubates innovative projects.

Dupont Circle Citizens Association | 9 Dupont Circle, NW | Washington, DC 20036

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