Logan Circle DC

Logan Circle morphed from barracks and refugee camp to eight blocks of gasp-worthy architecture, white-hot 14th Street retail, an active arts community and high-value real estate.


Envy historic architecture from a shaded bench on the circle. Snag a sidewalk table at Le Diplomate and be the one people watch. Buy a painting, shop, gallery hop.  Peruse the gently-loved at Miss Pixie’s. Slurp from the half-shell at Pearl Dive. Stay current on the Barbie Pond. Savor Pintango’s Cardamom gelato. Wrap yourself in red blanket on the Barcelona patio. Sample Radiator’s classic cocktails. Applaud great performances at the Keegan and Studio Theatre. Pop into Red Light for Nutella ice cream. Pedal out of Shinola on a flashy new set of wheels. Tile everything with Ann Sacks. Wind up the night with craft cocktails and bocce at Black Jack. Sweat it out in the morning at Vida. Make friends and your own traditions in Logan Circle. Cheers!

Logan Circle DC Neighborhood

SCHOOLS

GARRISON ELEMENTARY

Public • Grades PK-5

CARDOZO MIDDLE

Public • Grades 6-12

BANNEKER ACADEMY HIGH

Magnate IB • Grades 9-12

For a full, updated list of schools, visit EBIS. Click the cap to go to school website. School data by SchoolDigger

TRANSPORTATION

DUPONT CIRCLE METRO

16 BUS LINES

6 CAPITAL BIKESHARE

3 CAR SERVICES

Neighborhood History


"Iowa vs Logan"

Logan Circle was a barracks during the Civil War, then a refugee camp for newly freed slaves who came to Washington and other Union territories. Some were housed at Camp Barker, near 11th and R Streets and remained in the area. Thee camp’s medical facility eventually became Freedmen’s Hospital and relocated to Howard University’s campus. The war had devastated Washington and Congress discussed moving the federal government to another locale. This spurred city leaders to repair and modernize in the 1870’s, paving streets, installing water and gas lines, street lights and sewers and landscaping, even in underdeveloped areas. Streetcar tracks were laid into the swampy area north of downtown to encourage new communities. As a result, blocks of Victorian row houses were built and marketed to the upper middle class in Logan Circle. Mansions rose around the park where Vermont and Rhode Island Avenues crossed. Senator William Boyd Allison lobbied to have the park named Iowa Circle to honor his state. Allison wanted a statue of Iowa Civil War General Grenville Dodge placed in the circle’s center. Instead, in 1901, Illinois’s Congressional delegation arranged for the ‘Major General John A. Logan’ equestrian statue to occupy Logan Circle Park (originally known as Iowa Circle). The park was renamed by Congress in 1930 in honor of John A. Logan, Civil War Commander of the Army of the Tennessee, Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic and U.S. representative and senator for the state of Illinois. Logan lived at 4 Logan Circle.

14th Street

Many larger homes included carriage houses and attached servant’s quarters which were converted to apartments and rooming houses as the the upper-middle class moved on and affluent African Americans, including doctors and intellectuals associated with Freedmen’s and Howard University, replaced them. In the early 20th century, 14th Street NW rose to prominence as a main shopping district for Washingtonians as well as a location for automobile showrooms. The 14th and U Street area evolved into Shaw, encompassing parts of Logan Circle and U Street. The 1968 DC riots devastated the 14th Street commercial corridor and the Logan Circle neighborhood began a steep decline. During the 1980s and 1990s, despite its beautiful Victorian homes surviving the riots, Logan Circle was overrun with drug and prostitution activity and was widely considered unsafe. During the latter part of this period property values in the area increased along with the homeless population. 14th Street was known as Washington’s red light district and due to large commercial spaces previously occupied by auto showrooms and low rents, an avant-garde theater district. During the 2000s, the area rapidly gentrified and housing costs rose significantly. Neglected buildings were razed or remodeled. 14th Street and P Street saw major revitalization. Whole Foods Market opened two blocks from Logan Circle in December 2000, on a site previously occupied by an abandoned service garage. Since then, the area has continued to redevelop and increase in value and popularity.

That famous architecture

Nos. 1 and 2 Logan Circle is a double house designed in the Second Empire style and constructed around 1880. It commands the prominent southwest position on the circle. Nos. 4-14 and 1500 13th Street are 11 townhouses which occupy the northwest quadrant of the circle and typify the architecture of the district. Of varied High Victorian and Richardsonian styles, constructed of several kinds of stone and brick, all are three to five stories in height. No. 4 is particularly noteworthy for its porches and detailing. No. 1500 13th Street has considerable ornamental ironwork with the original cast-metal porches, rails and fences remaining. Nos. 1314-1344 Vermont Avenue is a series of houses which represents excellent examples of late-19th-century domestic architecture. They date from 1875 to 1890 and are constructed of brick, pressed brick and stone. Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church at 1308 Vermont Avenue is an individually designated landmark within the District of Columbia. The church was erected between 1882 and 1884 as the Vermont Avenue Christian Church. R. G. Russel of Hartford, Connecticut, designed the church in the High Victorian Gothic style.

Sources: Wikipedia nps.gov culturaltourismdc.org Other Resources on Logan Circle: cdn.loc.gov dcpreservationLoganBrochure.pdf. Information on this site is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice.

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