Thursday, April 9, 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
Tour is FREE for lunch attendees (NO TOUR ONLY OPTION)
Tour begins at 2:00 p.m.
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon and Tour
Once a trolley station, 75,000 square feet of tunnels and spaces below Dupont Circle and the Connecticut Avenue underpass were opened in 1949—and closed in 1963 after the city’s streetcar system was shut down. In the late 1960s, it was designated as a fallout shelter, and became a short-lived food court in the mid-1990s. It has remained empty since then.
The nonprofit Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground (ACDU)—founded by architect Julian Hunt, co-principal of Hunt Laudi Studio, a D.C.-based architecture and urban design firm—will redevelop this former trolley station. Beginning by transforming the east platform, the project will activate the space through art- and design-related events, public performances and other gatherings, as well as temporary commercial uses. ACDU will also be working on long-term plans to permanently redevelop all 75,000 square feet as a mixed-use cultural destination. It will showcase new artists and designers, and new technologies.