THE LOGAN CIRCLE NEIGHBORHOOD

Logan Circle Neighborhood Profile

With eight blocks of awe-worthy architecture, white-hot 14th Street, a sleepy park and active arts community, the Logan Circle neighborhood has gone from chic to shabby and back again.

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TRANSPORTATION IN THE LOGAN CIRCLE NEIGHBORHOOD

Logan Circle is an extremely walkable neighborhood with a WalkScore of 95. Logan Circle offers world-class public transportation with a TransitScore of 91, and is a biker’s paradise with a BikeScore of 93.

Metro Stations

The closest metro stations are Dupont Circle on the Red line, Mt Vernon/Convention Center on the Green & Yellow line, and Shaw/Howard University also on the Green & Yellow line.

Circulator

There are approximately 16 Bus Lines running throughout Logan Circle

Bikeshare

There are 6 Capital Bikeshare stations in Logan Circle DC

ZipCar

There are approximately 14 ZipCar locations near Logan Circle DC.

LOGAN CIRCLE NEIGHBORHOOD SNAPSHOTS

Jaw-dropping architecture, eclectic retail and rows of great restaurants. What's not to love?

Envy the historic architecture on the circle. People-watch from a window table at Le Diplomate. Peruse Miss Pixie’s latest finds. Snap a selfie on the Pearl Dive patio. Instagram the Barbie Pond. Order Pintango’s Cardamom gelato. Wrap yourself in a blanket of tastiness at Barcelona. Buy a painting, shop, gallery hop. Sample Radiator’s classic cocktails. Applaud a great performance at 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.

LOGAN CIRCLE NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT

The Logan Circle neighborhood is still changing after a more than a decade of major redevelopment.

Logan Circle’s 14th Street redevelopment has been a game-changer for real estate values in the neighborhood. Infill and retail-to-residential conversion along with a bit of boutique hospitality are refining Logan.

LOGAN CIRCLE NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY

During the Civil War, the area we now know as Logan Circle was a barracks, then became 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.
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.
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

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LOGAN CIRCLE SCHOOLS

Garrison Elementary

Public • Grades PK-5
280 students • 10 student/teacher

Seaton Elementary

Public • Grades PK-5
253 students • 10 student/teacher

Benjamin Banneker Academy High School

Public Magnet • Grades 9-12
430 students • 16 student/teacher
For a full, updated list of schools, see EBIS. School data from SchoolDigger

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