The major commercial street in the Dupont Circle neighborhood has always been Connecticut Avenue. Large office buildings recently erected predominate below the circle, while late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century shops and offices, designed on a domestic scale and primarily built as residences, line three blocks to the north. Whatever their origins, their architectural integrity has been compromised by poorly designed storefronts, awnings, and signage. Classical Revival styles of many persuasions predominate, but the most ubiquitous are Renaissance and Georgian Revival buildings, with just a few exuberant late Victorian examples providing textural and formal variety.
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