Mission + Vision
The Dupont Underground is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization committed to developing a multidisciplinary platform for creative expression. We are transforming a public work – the subterranean streetcar station in Dupont Circle – into a new public infrastructure to support creative exchange, contemporary arts practice, and an ongoing conversation about the city.
Hover over the image below to see how we have transformed the space.
Our goal is to foster programming that encourages the public to create and engage with the leading edge of contemporary expression in the visual, environmental, and performing arts. We are particularly interested in the place where that expression crosses disciplinary boundaries and is
informed by areas such as technology, science, philosophy, and commerce. We strive to reflect the diversity of our community – both artists and audiences. We endeavor to host projects and work that might not be an easy fit in the District’s more conventional cultural venues.
The Dupont Underground comprises 75,000ft2 of repurposed infrastructural space less than a mile from the White House. It lies beneath the city’s iconic Dupont Circle, a nexus of Washington’s cultural, civic, and commercial life. There is no other space like it in the District.
Opened in 1949 as a trolley station, 75,000 s.f. of underground platforms and tunnels were closed off in 1962, when the city’s streetcar system shut down. Other than designation as fallout shelter in the late 1960s and hosting a short-lived food court on the west platform in the mid-1990s, the space has remained empty. Until now.
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Dupont Underground is hidden beneath the roadways of Dupont Circle and Connecticut Avenue. Our space sits atop the Dupont Circle Metro Station, and below several city and regional bus stops, and two Capital Bikeshare Stations.
Our current entrance is at Dupont Circle, where New Hampshire Avenue intersects on the north side of the circle. It is in front of 11 Dupont Circle and opposite the Dupont Hotel. The entrance is indicated by a berm painted red, with the Dupont Underground logo. You can’t miss it.
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Board of Directors
Julian Hunt, Founder
Julian Hunt is an architect and writer, the founder of the Dupont Underground, and the co-founding principal of Hunt Laudi Studio, a Washington, D.C.–based practice dedicated to improving the public realm through design. The firm’s entry “A Great Inclined Plane” won the National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds. Hunt Laudi Studio recently realized its winning design for a memorial park to commemorate the victims of the 2009 D.C. Metro train collision.
Lauren Victor, Chair
Lauren Victor works at the intersection of urban planning, economic development, and real estate. Ms. Victor was a regional economic planner for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, has done strategy consulting for Washington, D.C. area not for profits, and worked in Amman, Jordan first, on a USAID funded fellowship, and then independently developing Jordanian olive oil exports. She earned a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Ms. Victor enjoys black and white photography in the Smithsonian darkroom.
Laura London, Director of Development
Anne Montgomery, Director of Strategy, Secretary
David Ross, Director of Operations, Treasurer
Syga Thomas, Board Member
Braulio Agnese, Executive Director, 2013-2015
Craig Cook, Artistic & Interim Director, 2016
Philippa Hughes, Board Member, 2016
Monling Lee, Creative Director, 2014-2015
Daniel Warwick, Board Member, 2014-2016
Past Board Members
Michelle de Nevers