The Striver’s Section and Dupont Underground

Method:

Striver’s Section. https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc49.htm. Accessed 20 Apr. 2017.

In the article by the National Park Service, the author argues that the Striver’s Section of DuPont is one of the most important cultural sites for the Washington community. The neighborhood today is very diverse; however, it was originally an area founded predominantly by the African American Community. Early civil rights leaders such as Frederick Douglass in addition to other prominent black figures in business, the arts, science and government have all been credited with the development of the neighborhood beginning in the early 1870’s. The buildings of the Striver’s Section share a similar architectural style depending on the street which help differentiate time periods as well as cultural influence in the African American community of the time.

This article does a skillful job of cohesively moving through time to explain the Striver’s Section’s growth through the decades. This is essentially an example of a commonplace being traced through the various stages of history and its foundations for today. I will be using the article as a guide to format my project in a similar style.

 

Exhibit:

“Home || Arts Organization | About.” Home | Dupont Underground | Arts Organization, https://www.dupontunderground.org/about. Accessed 20 Apr. 2017.

In this article on DuPont Underground’s homepage, the author argues that the need for a transcendent space for local art has led to the transformation of a former trolley station. While it is commonly thought that the inception of the DC metro and bus system ostensibly eliminated all parts of the DC Trolley system, this former station in DuPont Circle still serves a purpose to the area 55 years after the final train. The management of Dupont Underground have a goal of fostering a space for the visual, technological and performing arts that is reflective of the vibrant community it resides in.

This space brings a whole new meaning to the term “underground.” DuPont Underground has simultaneously been able to fly under the radar of many citizens while also becoming a vital mechanism for cultural preservation of the DuPont area. This is once again indicative of the changing role of a commonplace. From a bustling transit stop to a makeshift art gallery, this station has been able to adapt and serve a purpose to citizens across multiple generations.

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