Truxton Circle

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Truxton Circle
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Truxton Circle within the District of Columbia
Truxton Circle within the District of Columbia
Coordinates: 38°54′40″N 77°00′32″W / 38.911056°N 77.008972°W / 38.911056; -77.008972Coordinates: 38°54′40″N 77°00′32″W / 38.911056°N 77.008972°W / 38.911056; -77.008972
CountryUnited States
DistrictWashington, D.C.
WardWard 5
 • CouncilmemberKenyan McDuffie

Truxton Circle, sometimes known as East Shaw,[1][2][3] is a neighborhood of Washington, D.C., located in Northwest D.C.


Historic rowhouses

Truxton Circle is named for the former Thomas Truxtun traffic circle, which was located at the intersection of North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue and which was demolished in 1947. It was part of the Shaw School Urban Renewal Area,[4] later known as the Shaw neighborhood.[5]

The traffic circle was constructed at the intersection of Florida Avenue and North Capitol Street around 1900.[6] The circle was named Truxton Circle, after US Navy Commodore Thomas Truxtun.[6] A fountain was moved from the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and M Street NW to Truxton Circle in 1901.[7][8]

A police officer conducted traffic at the traffic circle until a traffic light was installed there in 1925.[9]

Because the traffic circle was a site of traffic jams and accidents, it was demolished in 1947 at a cost of $500,000.[6][10] The adjacent fountain was removed at the same time.[6]

The neighborhood of Truxton Circle contains late 19th-century houses and historical schools, including Armstrong Manual Training School (where Duke Ellington graduated) and the original Dunbar High School, the first public high school for black students in the United States. Along with Armstrong, the former John Mercer Langston School, John Fox Slater Elementary School, and the Margaret Murray Washington School buildings are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood has several parks and playgrounds, such as Truxton Park, which lies at the corner of First Street and Florida Avenue, New York Avenue Playground at the corner of First Street and N Street, and Bundy Playground between O Street and P Street.


Third Baptist Church

Truxton Circle is bordered by New Jersey Avenue to the west; Florida Avenue to the north; New York Avenue to the south; and North Capitol Street to the east.

It is bordered by the following neighborhoods: to the north by Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park; to the east by Eckington; to the west by Shaw and Mt. Vernon Square Historic District; and to the south by NoMa.

A majority of Truxton Circle is defined as within Ward 5 of the city, with the southeast corner bounded by Kirby St and N St part of Ward 6. After the 2012 redistricting, the Ward 5 portions moved from ANC-5C to ANC-5E. The neighborhood is now served by two Single-Member Districts, 5E05 (south of Q St) and 5E06 (north of Q St and shared with Bloomingdale).[11]

Civic association[edit]

Truxton Circle is home to two civic associations, the Bates Area Civic Association and the Hanover Civic Association.[12]


  1. ^ Bates Civic Association - East Shaw History
  2. ^ Truxton Circle: A Disputed Name and No Circle
  3. ^ Washington Examiner - Truxton Circle: An identity all its own
  4. ^ Miller, James A. (2010). "Greater Shaw: A Gathering Place for Black Washington". In Smith, Kathryn Schneider (ed.). Washington at Home: An Illustrated History of Neighborhoods in the Nation's Capital (2nd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 196. ISBN 9780801893537.
  5. ^ Melder, Keith E.; Share, Peter H.; Smith, Kathryn Schneider (1997). City of Magnificent Intentions: A History of the District of Columbia (2nd ed.). Washington: Intac. p. 466. ISBN 0913137006. OCLC 10330671.
  6. ^ a b c d "Truxton Circle Hazard To End This Summer". Evening Star. March 24, 1947. p. 5.
  7. ^ "M Street Fountain Moved to New Site." Washington Post. April 23, 1901. p. 10.
  8. ^ "Mr. MacFarland Their Guest: Commends Interest of Citizens' Association in Public Affairs." Washington Post (May 28, 1901): p. 8.
  9. ^ "Auto Signal Lights to Be Ready Dec. 15: Sixteenth Street Crossings and Truxton Circle to Be Equipped." Washington Post (November 14, 1925): p. 20.
  10. ^ "D.C. Spending Millions to Solve Problem of L'Enfant's Circles". Evening Star. February 20, 1949. p. 4.
  11. ^ "ANC 5E Map" (PDF). Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  12. ^ Zafar, Nina. "Truxton Circle: The Old and the New D.C. Mix in a Lively NW Enclave," Washington Post (April 4, 2019).

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