Logan Circle Historic District

While other areas of the city have been redeveloped, years of neglect have left Logan Circle's original late-19th century appearance impressively intact.

The Logan Circle Historic District appears much the same today as it did when it first developed during the last years of the 19th century. Although a large number of these impressive single-family townhouses have now been converted into apartments and rooming houses, very few exterior changes have been made. In contrast to other late 19th century neighborhoods, where demolition, rebuilding, and "rehabilitation" have stripped away much of the period character, half a century of neglect in Logan Circle has left the area deteriorated, but remarkably intact. Demolition has been confined to three structures, and in most cases even such small but important atmospheric details as iron fences and handrails remain in their original form.

The Logan Circle Historic District is an example of a prosperous, late‑19th century residential neighborhood constructed around one of the L'Enfant circles and is a remarkably coherent example of architectural expression from the gaslight era. Many of the buildings in this district date from about 1875 to 1900 and are large, individually designed brick and stone houses that create a continuous street facade of Late Victorian and Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Approximately 135 contributing buildings make up the district.

DC Listing (preliminary identification): November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
DC Inventory:
March 28, 1972
National Register: June 30, 1972



Generally including structures in the immediate vicinity of Logan Circle