Columbus Circle (Washington, D.C.)

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Columbus Circle
Washington, DC
Roads at
Massachusetts Avenue NE
Louisiana Avenue NE
Delaware Avenue NE
1st Street NE
E Street NE
Type: Traffic circle
Maintained by: DDOT
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Columbus Circle
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In the center of Columbus Circle is the Columbus Fountain, a monument to Christopher Columbus.
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Built 1912
NRHP Reference # 78003061[1]
Added to NRHP March 7, 1968

Columbus Circle, also known as Union Station Plaza or Columbus Plaza, is a traffic circle at the intersection of Delaware, Louisiana and Massachusetts Avenues and E and First Streets, Northeast in Washington, D.C.

It is located between Union Station and the grounds of the United States Capitol. Union Station and its access roads interrupt this circle on one side, forming an arc.

The centerpiece of the circle is the Columbus Fountain, flanked by three 110 ft (34 m) flagpoles, designed by Daniel Burnham. The circle is ringed by flags of each of the 50 U.S. states in order of admission to the Union plus the flags of the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. It is enclosed with a stone balustrade.[2]

The plaza was put through a massive renovation between 2011 and 2013.[3]

The Columbus Fountain in 1919


  1. Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. D.C. to rebuild Union Station plaza - Dr. Gridlock - The Washington Post

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