—Diverse Visions, One Neighborhood —
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.
You are in the "Strivers' Section"
of Washington, DC. The name derives from the area's longstanding association with leading individuals and institutions in the African American community. Beginning in the 1870s, this area has been associate with many prominent African American leaders in business, education, politics, and government. Leading the list is Frederick Douglass, world-renowned abolitionist, orator, and writer. Douglass owned the Second Empire style row of houses located at 2000-2008 17th St., (above) built in 1875-76. James E. Storum, an educator and entrepreneur who founded the Capital Savings Bank, the city's first African American-owned bank, lived at 2004 17th St. Calvin Brent, a noted architect lived on V St. James C. Dacy, editor, and DC Recorder of Deeds, lived in the area between 1904 and 1910.
Architecturally, Strivers' is characterized by
and early-20th-century row houses. The Edwardian 1700 blocks of T and U Sts. remain architectural focal points in the district.
Artist, Steven Strichter
Urban planner Stichter's relief prints (wood- and linoleum-block, letterpress) and improvisational quilts often depict Washington residential architecture and scenes.
Dupont Circle Art On Call
The Dupont Circle Art on Call project explores neighborhood history and local fire and police events. It also celebrates our diverse political, artistic and intellectual community by presenting original artwork by 22 local artists featuring the hub of our neighborhood Dupont Circle and the beautiful fountain designed by Daniel Chester French.
Art on Call is a program of Cultural Tourism DC with support from
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
District Department of Transportation