My Trip into the DuPont Underground

Today, during my lunch hour, I took a tour of the DuPont Underground. Friends joked with me that “oh, you mean the metro station.” No, I mean the abandoned set of tunnels and platforms beneath DuPont circle that have been vacant since 1995, when it was open for a brief time as a food court. Before that it was largely vacant for decades. The underground was part of a now-defunct trolley system in Washington.

The tour was kindly led by a group who wants to develop it. Instead of me trying to explain it to you, I’ll let them. Here’s how they describe themselves:

Dupont Underground is an ambitious project that will bring life to 75,000 square feet of abandoned space beneath Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. By reclaiming this ideally sited piece of subterranean infrastructure — a trolley station last used as such in the early 1960s — we seek to establish a world-class center for arts, design, and innovative entrepreneurship.

For years, I’ve wanted to see this place before it gets changed into something else. Thankfully, I got to see St. Elizabeth’s before the DHS shovels were ready.

You can view the full album here:, but here are my highlights:

Here’s a picture depicting where the tunnels actually are:











Brian Nichols reports that some folks in NYC are trying to make an underground park out of a similar, smaller space.

UPDATE: Want to take the tour? Click here. Thanks again to the DuPont Underground for the tour!

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3 Thoughts on “My Trip into the DuPont Underground

  1. rbaron321 on June 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm said:

    Thats very cool. Are they actually going to develop this??

    • Tony,

      They have a lot of challenges ahead of them (National Park Service land, DC land, etc.) but they plan to do it in phases.

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