DC
Logan Circle

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This large traffic circle is the only one in the city that is fully surrounded by residences, giving it a very homey feel. It is not uncommon to see neighbors enjoying the grass in the middle of the circle, around the 25 foot tall statue of John A. Logan, who was a Civil War commander, congressman, and resident of 4 Logan Circle.

During that Civil War, however, Logan Circle was a much different place. It was then known as Camp Barker, a refugee camp. Following the war, and with the addition of the horse-drawn railway that traveled up from Thomas Circle, Logan Circle became a very fashionable address until the wealthy began to migrate west to Dupont Circle in the late 19th Century. Unlike many of the houses in Dupont Circle, the three and four story Victorian and Richardsonian townhouses of Logan Circle persevered and most still stand today.

Some of the houses around Logan Circle are quite impressive, such as Nos. 1 and 2 on the southwest side, which is a Second Empire-style double house built around 1880. Moving clockwise you will see numbers 4-14, which are representative of the cohesive, yet wildly different, styles of the time. The variant rooflines, mixed materials, and irregular level of detail make for a charming scene.


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Location
Rhode Island Ave, Vermont Ave, 13th St, and P St NW
Washington, D.C.
Logan Circle
Shaw/Howard University

Hours
24h

Price
Free

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