To revitalize the abandoned trolley station beneath Dupont Circle for presenting, producing, and promoting cutting-edge arts, architecture, design, and creative endeavors.
To establish a cultural destination in the nation’s capital that partners with emerging voices in contemporary arts and architecture; encourages public participation, education, and engagement; and leverages development of the Dupont Underground as a catalytic force for the city in the 21st century.
• To drive discussion about the essential role of contemporary arts and architecture in the District of Columbia by presenting groundbreaking work and hosting temporary exhibitions and events that challenge artists, designers, and audiences.
• To contribute to the ongoing evolution of Dupont Circle as a vital public space that engages D.C.’s diverse residents and visitors.
• To foster a cultural identity unique to the nation’s capital by partnering with local and international artists and architects and offering a public platform for emerging voices and new audiences.
Board of Directors
- Chair: Lauren Victor
- Secretary: Anne Montgomery
- Treasurer: David Ross
- Philippa P.B. Hughes
- Julian Hunt
- Syga Thomas
- Daniel Warwick,
- Craig Cook
The Dupont Underground is transforming a forgotten space beneath Washington, D.C.’s iconic Dupont Circle into a cultural destination.
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.
In late 2014, the Dupont Underground signed a five-year lease with the city for the entire space. We plan on activating it in many ways:
- art & design exhibitions
- public arts performances
- community events
- educational events
- pop-up retail & dining
- creative economy incubators
- demonstrations of emerging technologies
- film shoots & commercial photography
- rental space for private events
In addition, we will also be working on long-term plans to permanently redevelop the entire site as a mixed-use cultural destination. Our objectives for the space:
- Create a unique, centrally located venue for exhibitions and events.
- Provide a democratic space for community groups, educators, and entrepreneurs.
- Develop an institution that brings wider attention to the District’s arts and design culture.
- Strengthen the social networks that patronize the arts and inform business interests in the city, the region, and across the nation.
- Return a long-abandoned space back to the public realm.
Located in Washington’s northwest quadrant, Dupont Circle is part of Pierre L’Enfant’s original design for the nation’s capital. Among the city’s most popular neighborhoods, it marks the intersection of two major thoroughfares — Connecticut Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue — and sits atop the Metro system’s Red Line.
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