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Logan Circle/Convention Center, Washington DC

Minutes from the White House, Smithsonian Museums, walk to the Convention Center, Dupont Circle


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     Logan Circle is conveniently located, just North of the National Mall, and six blocks East of Dupont Circle. Logan is known for the magnificent Victorian row houses that ring this, the last surviving residential Circle under the original L'Enfant Plan. If you decide to stay here, you'll be able to walk to the White House, Washington Convention Center, Verizon Center, Smithsonian Museums, K Street Corridor, a number of our treasured National Monuments and many more sites of interest. Dining options near your B&B or apartment are many and varied, with a wide selection of American and ethnic restaurants on Fourteenth Street and, after dinner, there are several clubs as well as The Studio Theater for your entertainment. If you'll be staying in one of our vacation rental apartments, there's a Fresh Fields/Whole Foods gourmet grocery store in the neighborhood to keep your kitchen stocked. Getting to other parts of the city is a snap, with Metro access just five or six blocks away, depending on which line: Red, Yellow or Green. Major bus routes (52, 53, 54, G2) to the National Monuments, the Smithsonian Museums, White House and Georgetown are just one block from the Circle as well.

     Conceived under Pierre Charles L'Enfant's 1791 plan for the city of Washington, Logan Circle was originally designed as a triangle. Its shape was subsequently altered, and by 1818 it was known as Iowa Circle. Located 1 mile North and East of the White House, Iowa Circle was one part of an inverted pyramid with the White House at the bottom point, and what is now Dupont circle to the Northwest. Connecticut and Vermont Avenues and P Street form the perimeter of the pyramid.




     By the 1870s Iowa Circle had become one of the District's most desirable residential locations. Most of the homes on the Circle (and in the roughly eight square block area that constitutes the Logan Circle neighborhood) were constructed in the 25 years from 1875 to 1900. Today they represent the most complete collection of late Victorian and Richardsonian architecture in the city. Some of the other homes in the neighborhood represent the Second Empire, High Victorian Gothic, Romanesque Revival and New Orleans styles. Logan Circle is, not surprisingly, a designated historic district in the city.

     In 1930, congress passed a law officially changing the Circle's name from Iowa to Logan in memory of Civil War General and Senator John A. Logan. The statue of Gen. Logan in the center of the circle today was commissioned in 1891 and dedicated on April 9, 1901 by President William McKinley. It has the distinction of being the only entirely bronze base and statue in the Capital.





     Following an unfortunate decline into the 1950s, Logan Circle and its beautiful homes have been enjoying a stunning and sustained revitalization in the last few decades. Many of the houses here have been reclaimed from their ignominious use as rooming houses from the 50s to the mid-70s. Since then, new owners have painstakingly restored hand carved woodwork, heavy plaster ceilings and moldings, sweeping staircases and towering fireplace mantles. Some of these homes now operate as comfortable, elegant bed and breakfasts - in our listings - updated with modern amenities, yet filled with period antiques and artwork. For those interested in learning more about Logan Circle, its history and architecture, plan a visit to the Mary Mcleod Bethune House, a museum on Vermont Ave.




     Guests will find a revitalized 14th Street as well. This corridor has been a main transportation artery into the heart of the city since the 1800s, and remains so today. There is now a major Metrobus line that travels South along 14th street, stopping just two blocks from the White House, then continuing through the National Mall, with stops within two blocks of almost every museum. Buses run about every seven minutes from early morning to midnight. Metrorail access is a short walk to Dupont Circle for the Red line, or north to the U Street/Cardozo station for the Green and Yellow lines. Many great local restaurants such as Mar de Plata, Thai Tanic, Logan Tavern, and Cafe St-Ex, line 14th street today, and the Studio Theatre resides in what was once a premier automobile dealer showcase and repair shop.







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