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Dupont Circle

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This area to the north of the White House gets its name from the park-like Dupont traffic circle and the lovely Francis Dupont Memorial Fountain, named for a naval Civil War hero. In the early 20th century the Dupont Circle area was a place of grand mansions, but over the years its fortunes declined. Then, in the 1970s, Washingtonians began to buy and restore the decaying old buildings. The district is now one of the liveliest and most sophisticated in DC, with art galleries, bars, restaurants, and bookstores. The present marble fountain, constructed in 1921, has four figures – representing the sea, the wind, the stars, and the navigational ...

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