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Inside Dupont Underground with D.C.'s Atlas Obscura Society

Inside Dupont Underground with D.C.'s Atlas Obscura Society. (ABC7)

Two years after the opening of Dupont Underground, there is still a lot of curiosity about the historic streetcar tracks below Dupont Circle. In fact, an upcoming tour quickly sold out.

Tickets were gone in a couple of hours for the tour, hosted by the D.C. chapter of the Atlas Obscura Society.

Atlas Obscura Society D.C. Leader Matt Blitz said, “We find, curate, document and explore some of the most amazing hidden wonders of the world.”

Streetcars operated eight feet below Dupont Circle starting in 1949, but the system shut down in 1962 due to declining ridership and a rising car culture.

Decades later, Dupont Underground continues its transformation from a subterranean streetcar station under the circle into an active arts venue.

A new collection of video art by local artist Tim Mcloraine premieres this weekend. The walls also feature the commissioned work of 17 graffiti artists, reflecting the non-commissioned tags left throughout this long-vacant facility.

There's also a 350-seat performance space, hosting lectures, comedy shows and concerts, with unique acoustics.

The tour also moves above ground exploring historic gems hidden in plain view that thousands of Washingtonians walk past unknowingly every single day. For example, tour guides point out the delivery entrance for the failed Dupont Down Under food court that opened and quickly closed in the 1990s.

“There's history right under your nose,” said Sarah Lerner, Dupont Underground director of events.

The Atlas Obscura Society DC's upcoming behind-the-scenes tours include Union Station and Alexandria's Torpedo Factory.

“It's not just things that are hidden. It's things that you walk by every single day,” Blitz said.

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