The Big Picture
During the Civil War, present-day Logan Circle was home to Camp Barker, a former barracks converted into a refugee camp for newly freed slaves. Grand row homes and mansions sprung up around the newly laid Iowa Circle from the late 1800s. Later, 14th Street established itself as a shopping area for people of all ethnicities. Glimpses of its mid-20th century automobile showrooms can still be seen today in the various new real estate & settlement attorney offices. The Logan Circle Historic District is an eight-block area surrounding the Circle itself; the neighborhood also includes the much larger Fourteenth Street Historic District. Logan Circle is the only downtown circle that is still fully residential.
Located in Ward 2, Logan Circle is bordered by S Street to the north, 10th Street to the east, M Street to the south, and 15th Street to the west.
McPherson Square: 10 minutes by bus
Lincoln Theatre: 10 minutes by foot
Potomac Yards: 20 minutes by car
Buses: 52, 53, 54, 63, 64, G2, G8, DC Circulator
Bikeshare Stations: 6
Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center, Shaw-Howard, U Street-Cardozo (Green, Yellow).
A Special Place
Logan Circle has come a very long way from its days -- barely 20 years ago -- as a hub of both drugs and prostitution. Urbane, walkable, artsy, Logan Circle is today one of Washington's most sophisticated and varied neighborhoods.
It's true: Iowa Circle was renamed by Congress in 1930 to honor John A. Logan, Commander of the Army of the Tennessee during the Civil War. Logan later represented Illinois as both a representative and a senator, residing at number 4 on the Circle.
home sweet homes
Victorian-style rowhouses encircling neighborhood namesake Logan Circle -- with no real fixer-uppers left. New loft-style developments on some of the other, busier streets and avenues.