A funky, GLBT-friendly neighborhood, Logan Circle is the city’s only remaining all-residential circle. Late 19th-century Victorian rowhouses (many of them now converted condos) are the centerpiece of the neighborhood with a cadre of interior design shops, unique boutiques and hipster haven restaurants radiating outward. A tight-knit group of residents take pride in their neighborhood—and it’s not uncommon to see locals relishing in their beloved circle on weekends, walking their dogs, picnicking or even playing bocce ball.
Originally Iowa Circle, Logan Circle was later named for Civil War general and Illinois senator John Logan. Find his statue in the middle of the circle. Native son Duke Ellington’s family lived just a few blocks from Logan Circle. The famous jazz musician often played in Logan Circle’s tree-lined park as a child.
Catch a show at the cutting edge Studio Theatre. Take a dip in the rooftop pool at the Donovan House Hotel. Try a few of the more than 500 beers at Birch & Barley and it’s upstairs neighbor, Churchkey. Shop for furniture at Showroom 1412 or Miss Pixie’s. Have a drink and an aphrodisiac at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace’s street-side bar counter.
Logan Circle is a historic neighborhood in Washington DC that is primarily residential with impressive three-and-four-story stone and brick townhouses, surrounding the traffic circle (Logan Circle). Most of the houses were built from 1875-1900 and are of Late Victorian and Richardsonian architecture. Logan Circle was part of Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan for DC, and was called Iowa Circle until 1930, when Congress renamed it to honor John Logan, Commander of the Army of the Tennessee during the Civil War and later the Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. A bronze equestrian statue of Logan stands in the center of the circle.
After the Civil War, Logan Circle became home to Washington DC’s wealthy and powerful, and by the turn of the century it was home to many black leaders. In the middle of the 20th century, the nearby 14th Street corridor was home to many car dealerships. In the 1980s, a portion of 14th Street became a red light district, mostly known for its strip clubs and massage parlors. In recent years, the commercial corridors along 14th Street and P Street have undergone significant revitalization, and are now home to a variety of luxury condominiums, retailers, restaurants, art galleries, theater, and nightlife venues. The 14th Street area has become a local hotspot with great ethnic restaurants ranging from upscale cuisine to casual dining.
The Logan Circle neighborhood is located between the Dupont Circle and U Street corridor, bordered by S Street to the north, 10th Street to the east, 16th Street to the west, and M Street to the south. The traffic circle is the intersection of 13th Street, P Street, Rhode Island Avenue, and Vermont Avenue. The closest Metro stations are Shaw-Howard University, Dupont Circle and Farragut North.
When in Logan Circle, be sure to check out these local attractions:
- Studio Theatre – 14th and P Streets NW Washington DC. The theatre is dedicated to producing the contemporary performances, especially highlighting provocative new writing from around the world.
- Mary McLeod Bethune Council House – 1318 Vermont Avenue NW Washington DC – The former home of an African American educator, author, and civil rights leader who founded the National Council of Negro Women, is designated National Historic Site and houses the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Museum and the National Archives for Black Women’s History.
- Luther Place Memorial Church – Built 1870–1873, the oldest house of worship in the Fourteenth Street Historic District.
- Source Theatre – 1835 14th St NW, Washington, DC – Located just north of Logan Circle, the 120-seat black box performing arts space hosts a variety of events and is home to Washington’s Improv Theatre.