The Dupont Underground space is still months away from opening, but it now has a visible, above-ground entranceway to let the public know it’s coming.
Still, they went ahead last week with their plans to paint the main entranceway — a defunct stairway entrance to the trolley system located across the street from Dupont Circle on New Hampshire Avenue NW. It features a light post about 15-feet high and is painted red, emblazoned with the Dupont Underground logo and the Web site url. Ripe, a local branding firm, designed the logo and helped paint the structure.
“This is just another indication that we’re moving forward,” Agnese said. “It’s another way to get the word out there that something is happening.”
The last streetcar used that station in 1962. In the mid-1990s, a food court had an unsuccessful stint in the space. Dupont Underground signed a five-year lease with the city for the 75,000-square-foot underground space, although when it opens, only a portion of that space initially will be used.