There are many neighborhoods to love in DC, but perhaps none is as historically rich and multi-layered as Logan Circle, located in Northwest DC. With a storied past, a bustling present, and a bright future, Logan Circle is a neighborhood that will always be a great investment.
Logan Circle started out as Camp Barker, an Army barracks converted to a refugee camp during the Civil War. Following its wartime service, the area became a hub for development, which soon led to some of the early streetcar routes being laid in this area. This early use explains the layout of the area and the path of development throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
If you love history, or just want to learn more about Logan Circle, here are some of the sites that you must see.
- Logan Circle Holiday House Tour: This annual event sponsored by the Logan Circle Community Association gives you a chance to see inside some of those awe-inspiring historic homes in the neighborhood. The tour is often scheduled during December, though dates vary. In addition, some homes feature musicians to help make things even more jolly.
- Mary McLeod Bethune Council House: This DC luminary founded the National Council of Negro Women and was one of the most influential African American women of the 20th Her three-story Victorian townhome in Logan Circle is now a museum and the National Archives for Black Women’s History. Find out more and schedule your visit here.
If you love being outdoors, here are some great places to stroll or sit and enjoy the view.
- The Logan Circle Heritage Trail: Out for a stroll? Learn about some of the major changes in the neighborhood by walking this easy 1 ½ mile trail. Signs posted along the route will help you get to know the history of the area better.
- Architectural Peeping: Logan Circle is an architecture buff’s dream come true, featuring Gothic Victorian, Second Empire, and Revival styles. Take a camera or an architecture guide and see what details you can discover.
- Logan Circle Park: Check out the park, recently renovated by The National Park Service. Located in the hub of the circle, it has a statue of General John A. Logan, the neighborhood’s namesake. Bring a book, bring your lunch, and perch on a bench for a fine view of the surrounding architecture and a little Vitamin D.
If you love wining and dining, this area has everything. Check out
- Le Diplomate: Whether it is their signature weekend brunch you are longing for or their nightly diner, the food and ambiance at Le Diplomate make it one of DC’s favorite boites. And with sidewalk seating so reminiscent of a Parisian cafe, you might just forget you are still in DC.
- Cork Restaurant and Wine Bar: Want to taste some new wines, learn a little about them, and pair it all with great food? Look no further than Cork. A relaxed atmosphere and extensive collection of bottles means there’s always something new to try.
If you love the arts, you’re in luck. Don’t miss
- Black Cat: Located on 14th Street, the Black Cat features multiple stages, a restaurant, bar, and a vintage arcade with pinball machines and classic games of all types. Hear “the next big thing” at one of their many concerts each week—Black Cat has been a launching pad for some of the most significant artists in music.
- Studio Theatre: One of the most important small theatre venues in the country, Studio Theatre has four performance spaces and has won a slew of awards. You’ll find some of the edgiest playwrights and most important performers on any given evening here.
And of course, there is the neighborhood itself. Great shopping, walkability, and a truly unbeatable in-town atmosphere—no wonder Logan Circle is one of the most sought-after areas of DC. Ready to start looking for your home in Logan Circle? Let one of our Eng Garcia Grant Realtors begin your search today.