The Dupont Circle Citizens Association will hold its 49th Annual House Tour on 

Sunday, October 16 from 12 PM to 5 PM. 


This year will feature the Northwest section. Topographically, the northwestern edge of the Dupont Circle neighborhood lies at the foot of the Wicomico-Sunderland Escarpment, part of the Atlantic Seaboard fall line, the outer boundary of the original L'Enfant City. In fact, Florida Avenue, which forms the spine of this year's tour, was originally named Boundary Street. Tourgoers will begin in the lowlands of P Street among grand townhouses and rise to the Florida Ave rim where unique buildings featuring panoramic views will be open to the tour – the American Geophysical Union and the new Hepburn Apartments adjacent to the Hilton.


Along the way, tourgoers can take in the unexpected charms of condos in a chateau-style mansion once gutted by fire but now restored to a variety of tastes, a "mouse house" as well as a carriage house turned art gallery, and DC’s own Spanish Steps. The always lavish Afternoon Tea, included in admission, will be served at the historic Friends Meeting House, on the terrace overlooking Florida Avenue. Should this short walk in the Kalorama Kush prove arduous, ticket-holders can hail one of the tour's free pedicabs.  

Additional Information:

The Dupont Circle House Tour is a self-guided tour. Ticket holders receive a booklet with descriptions of all sites and a route map upon check-in.

Check-in is at the Dupont Circle Resource Center, located one block south of the Dupont Metro Q Street exit. Tourgoers may check in beginning at 11 am on Sunday. Sites open at noon. Tea is from 2- 4:30

Most sights are historic private homes with multiple flights of stairs and are not handicapped accessible. 

High heels, strollers and pets are not permitted. 

Proceeds from the Tour go towards local activities such as sponsorship of 17th Street Festival, and to support charitable institutions benefiting the entire Dupont Circle community such as Charlie’s Place (homeless), Dupont Circle Village (seniors), and Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets (economic revitalization). DCCA makes grants available to neighborhood schools for library books and equipment, as well as to special projects for local institutions like the Heurich House Museum garden and Keegan Theatre lobby renovation. DCCA also allocates funds each year to maintain public parks and street trees throughout the Dupont area.  Members volunteer their labor in support of those efforts.  House Tour alone requires more than 200 volunteers. 




DCCA Asks for Review of St. Thomas Zoning Variance

September 23, 2016


For immediate release 

Contact:  Glenn Engelmann, DCCA Board Member



On September 16, 2016, Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) filed a petition asking the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to review the decision of the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) granting St. Thomas Church, and by extension the developers of its property, a variance from the existing zoning regulations. DCCA took this step reluctantly and after careful consideration of the interests of our neighborhood and the city as a whole.

The initial 2012 proposal for rebuilding a stand-alone church at this property was approved, having quickly garnered the support of immediate neighbors, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B and DCCA. That plan was subsequently discarded.  

The current project plans, which include rebuilding the church and constructing an adjacent residential building, were announced to the public in 2014. Since the announcement of the new plans, the church and its developers have consistently failed to engage with the community in a meaningful manner, disregarding the concerns of the DCCA, the ANC, and Councilman Jack Evans regarding among other things the size of the project. 

Understandably, variances to the zoning law may need to be granted from time to time.  In this case, BZA did not apply the correct legal and regulatory analysis of the requested variance and failed to rigorously challenge the contentions of the applicant. In view of the misapplication of regulatory standards, we felt compelled to move forward with the legal process. By appealing the BZA decision to grant the variance, DCCA is seeking to assure that the zoning laws and regulations are applied fairly and appropriately. 

Honoring a Hero

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.

Join or Renew Your DCCA Membership Today!

DCCA membership is open to residents, businesses and supporters of the Dupont Circle neighborhood

according to the Association's Bylaws. Benefits include discounts from Preferred Merchants, community

service events and social get-togethers!


Returning members, please click log into your profile above with your email address and password.

New members (or if you have not created a membership profile), please click here to join.

To join or renew by mail, please download our 2016 Membership Application Form and mail it to:

DCCA, 9 Dupont Circle, NW 20036.

Upcoming events

26 Sep 2016 (EDT) • DAR Constitution Hall 1776 D St, NW
03 Oct 2016 (EDT) • Anderson House/Society of the Cincinnati 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
16 Oct 2016 12:00 PM (EDT) • TBD

Fight Graffiti Vandalism and Keep our Dupont Neighborhood Beautiful

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 formThe 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.

Volunteers Needed to Maintain Neighborhood Parks

Supporting Our Community

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.

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.

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