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Dupont Circle Architectural Photography Tour with Tea Tasting!

Architectural photography in Dupont Circle ending with Tea at the Valley Brook Tea Company

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Washington Photo Safari is pleased to announce its first architectural photography tour of Dupont Circle, providing clients with tips on architectural photography and ending with a tea and pastry tasting at a nearby Chinese tea house!

Located in the “Old City” of Washington, D.C.—the area planned by architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant—Dupont Circle remained largely undeveloped until after the American Civil War, when there was a large influx of new residents. The area that now constitutes Dupont Circle was once home to a brickyard and slaughterhouse.

The area’s rowhouses, primarily built before 1900, feature variations on the Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque revival styles. Rarer are the palatial mansions and large freestanding houses that line the broad, tree-lined diagonal avenues that intersect the circle. Many of these larger dwellings were built in the styles popular between 1895 and 1910.

Led by professional architectural photographer and WPS Director E. David Luria, our first stop on the tour is the famous Beaux Arts building of the Cosmos Club, whose members have included Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, U.S. Presidents, and Medal of Freedom winners. We then move on to photograph the magnificent Indonesian Embassy, which was formerly the home of Evelyn McLean, the last owner of the Hope Diamond which is now in the Smithsonian.

Along our route we will also get to photograph the Embassy of India and its adjoining statue of Mahatma Ghandi, the magnificent Anderson House (home of the Society of the Cincinnati), the Embassy of Morocco, the Phillips Gallery, the Embassy of Colombia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the old Heurich House, many nearby street scenes, and of course, the Dupont Circle Fountain itself.

Here is a sampling of the images you will get on this safari[email protected]/albums/72157718514284633

We end our safari along the colorful stores and restaurants on P Street and then enter the Valley Brook Tea Company, where owner Yunhan Zhang will serve us tea and pastry and give each of us a bag of Chinese tea, along with a talk on the history of teamaking in China, all included in the fee for the safari. Rain date: May 30.