Stephen Hansen presents A History of Dupont Circle: Center of High Society in the Capital

Stephen HansenTuesday, December 8, 2015

TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q & A

PRICE: $20 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon

In the late 19th Century, Dupont Circle became Washington’s undisputed center of wealth, power and status, Its residents included the notorious Peggy O’Neale, future presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, newspaper publisher Cissy Patterson, and many more.

From intimate teas to lavish dinners and balls, Dupont Circle’s denizens celebrated the social season in high style, their nouveau riche lifestyle satirized in Mark Twain’s novel The Gilded Age. Stephen Hansen will discuss the neighborhood and how opera singer Sarah Adams Whittemore and her Harvey Page-designed house (now WNDC’s home) fit into the whole scene. An architectural historian and historic preservation specialist, Stephen serves as a trustee for the Committee of 100 on the Federal City and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Woodrow Wilson House. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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