Logan Circle

Logan Circle is an approximately eight-block area that is both unique and virtually unchanged from the prosperous, residential neighborhood it was in the late-19th-century. This neighborhood was an important element of the 1791-92 L’Enfant Plan and Ellicott Plans for the Federal City. Impressive three-and-four-story townhouses, closely grouped, surround the circle and some of the radial streets. Nearly all were constructed during the 25-year period between 1875-1900. Today they remain an almost solid street façade of Late Victorian and Richardsonian architecture.

 

The center of Logan Circle boasts a bronze equestrian statue of Major General John A. Logan on a pink marble base designed by Franklin Simmons. Logan was Commander of the Army of the Tennessee during the Civil War and later the Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Logan also served as Representative and Senator from Illinois. President McKinley attended the dedication ceremonies in 1901.

 

In its heyday, the circle was a fashionable address and home of prominent businessmen and statesmen. By the mid-1890s, the wealthy began to build their mansions closer to Dupont Circle in the west, but presently Logan Circle is the focus of renewed restoration and preservation activity.