Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


Washington's Bridges: The Buffalo Bridge

Sometimes it's called the Buffalo Bridge, because it has four big old buffaloes, two at each end, that welcome people to Georgetown.  And sometimes it's called the Dumbarton Bridge, because when it was built, they had to move Dumbarton House, a huge Federal style mansion, a couple fo blocks west of its original site.  Whatever you want to call it, this bridge that links Georgetown and Dupont Circle is one of my favorites in Washington.

It was built between 1914 and 1915 by Glenn and Bedford Brown, a father and son architect team.  The design was tricky, because the streets it connected didn't quite line up.  This meant the bridge, with five large arches, had to curve a little bit. 

The bridge originally had, in addition to the four buffaloes, 56 carvings that were modeled on a Sioux Indian Chief, known as Kicking Bear.  But I didn't see them - I hope whoever removed them took them to a safe place, like the Smithsonian!

Alexander Phimister Proctor is credited with sculpting the four buffaloes.  While he did several US presidents and Joan of Ark, the Denver artist was famous for his work with animals. 

It's hard for me to imagine what it was like before this bridge connected these two popular neighborhoods.  I love to walk across it, and I always stop to look down at Rock Creek and the Parkway that takes me around town. 

In another couple of weeks, the leaves will put on an amazing show.  I'll save that for a Wordless Wednesday.

Comment balloon 7 commentsPatricia Kennedy • September 27 2009 06:49PM



Thanks for an interesting tour. This is the real beaty of AR, where I sit at home in front of my computer and tour one of the areas far from where I am. Can I do it on the Internet? I sure can, but I don't. It is because I sort of virtually know you and virtually and not virtually trust. And that;s why it is interesting to hear what people who I trust say, rather than what people who i do not know say.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 11 years ago

Hi Pat...You live in such an interesting and picturesque area with unlimited photo opportunities.  Anyone looking to move to D.C. can learn so much from your posts.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 11 years ago

Patricia- Look at all those gorgeous green trees! You did a great job with those photos! DId you take those with your IPhone. Katerina

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 11 years ago

Thanks for the history lesson of the area. I always enjoy picking up a bit of your local knowledge.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 11 years ago

Oh no, Patricia, those trees have nothing on the ones in my post today :)

Actually, they do look lovely.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 11 years ago

Hi Pat... Washington DC is home to some wonderful bridges.  I love the imagery and symbolism of bridges.

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 11 years ago

Pat - I remember this bridge well. Georgetown and DuPont Circle are my two fave areas in DC.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 11 years ago