The legacy of Washington architect Jules Henri de Sibour
By Donna Evers
In the early 1900’s, Dupont Circle rivaled New York’s upper Fifth Avenue as the place for prominent and wealthy people to congregate, and it was the first time Washington had a concentration of people rich enough to define themselves by the homes they built. The captains of industry and commerce were as wealthy as kings and commissioned houses as grand as European palaces. Many of them found the appropriate symbol for their status in the exuberant Beaux Arts architectural style, and the perfect architect in Jules Henri de Sibour.