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Logan Circle Real Estate Analysis


19th century

During the Civil War, present-day Logan Circle was home to Camp Barker, former barracks converted into a refugee camp for newly freed slaves from nearby Virginia and Maryland. In the 1870s, streets, elm trees, and other amenities were installed by Washington Mayor Alexander Robey Shepherd, who encouraged the development of the area. Streetcar tracks were laid into what was then a very swampy area north of downtown Washington, to encourage development of the original Washington City Plan. As a result, the area saw development of successive blocks of Victorian row houses marketed to the upper middle class, which sought to give Washington the reputation, modeled after European capitals, of a city of broad boulevards and well-manicured parks. Many of the larger and more ornate homes came with carriage houses and attached servant’s quarters, which were later converted to apartments and rooming houses as the upper middle class moved elsewhere.

20th century

An equestrian statue honoring John A. Logan stands in the center of Logan Circle.

Originally known as Iowa Circle, the park was renamed by Congress in 1930 in honor of John A. Logan, Commander of the Army of the Tennessee during the Civil War, Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and Representative and Senator for the state of Illinois, who lived at 4 Logan Circle from 1885 until his death the following year. At the center of the circle stands a monument in honor of Logan, a bronze equestrian statue sculpted by Franklin Simmons and a bronze statue base designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt. On April 9, 1901, the 25 feet (7.6 m) monument was dedicated by President William McKinley, Senator Chauncey Depew, and General Grenville M. Dodge.

4–7 Logan Circle. The former residence of John A. Logan is on the far left.

In the early 20th century, 14th Street NW rose to prominence as a main shopping district for both black and white Washingtonians on the edge of downtown Washington D.C., and became known as an area for auto showrooms. Further north, “14th and U” became synonymous with a large African American community, later known as Shaw, encompassing parts of Logan Circle and U Street to the north. Segregation marked the emergence of this large area of well-preserved Victorian row houses as a predominately African-American community; the unofficial dividing line was 16th Street NW, several blocks to the west, with Logan Circle and its older homes sandwiched in between. During this period, the original Victorian homes in the area were subdivided into apartments, hostels, and rooming houses. The end of segregation saw a period of middle class flight from the area, punctuated by the 1968 Washington, D.C. riots, which devastated the 14th Street commercial corridor.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Logan Circle, although dominated by Victorian homes which had survived mostly untouched by redevelopment or riots, was considered by many unsafe due to overt drug use and prostitution that existed in the neighborhood. During this period, property values in the area increased, while issues of homelessness in the area came to the forefront; 14th Street, NW became widely viewed as Washington’s red light district. It also became a haven for theater companies.

The Central Union Mission’s longtime facility in Logan Circle was sold in 2008. Redevelopment plans include new office space or luxury residential units.

21st century

During the 2000s, the area gentrified and housing costs sharply increased after derelict buildings were torn down or remodeled. The commercial corridors along 14th Street and P Street underwent significant revitalization, and are now home to a variety of retailers, restaurants, art galleries, live theater, and nightlife venues such as Number Nine, a gay bar catering to the neighborhood’s large LGBT population. A watershed event in the development of the neighborhood was the opening of a Whole Foods Market two blocks from Logan Circle in December 2000, on a site previously occupied by an abandoned service garage; it is now one of the chain’s highest grossing markets. Gentrification in Logan Circle has resulted in a dramatic change of neighborhood demographics; since the 1990s, thousands of white young adults have moved into the neighborhood, while thousands of black adults have moved out of the neighborhood.


The Logan Circle neighborhood, situated between the Dupont Circle and Shaw neighborhoods, is bordered by S Street to the north, 10th Street to the east, 16th Street to the west, and M Street to the south. The traffic circle is the intersection of 13th Street, P Street, Rhode Island Avenue, and Vermont Avenue. The National Park Service maintains the land located within the traffic circle, a park measuring 360 feet (110 m) in diameter, furnished with wooden benches, decorative lampposts, an iron fence, and concrete sidewalks.


Logan Circle Historic District
Row houses on the northeast corner of Logan Circle, including the former residence (right) of writerAmbrose Bierce
Location: Junction of 13th Street, P Street, Rhode Island Avenue, and Vermont Avenue, NW
Coordinates: 38°54′35″N 77°1′49″WCoordinates38°54′35″N 77°1′49″W
Area: 18 acres (7.3 ha)
Architectural style: Second EmpireItalianate,Richardsonian Romanesque,Queen Anne
NRHP Reference#: 72001426[19]
Added to NRHP: June 30, 1972

Logan Circle Historic District

The Logan Circle Historic District is an eight-block area surrounding the circle, containing 135 late-19th-century residences designed predominantly in the Late Victorian and Richardsonian Romanesque styles of architecture. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 30, 1972.

The former home of Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American educator, author, and civil rights leader who founded the National Council of Negro Women, is located at 1318 Vermont Avenue NW, one block south of the circle. The Second Empire-style building is a designated National Historic Site and houses the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Museum and the National Archives for Black Women’s History.

Fourteenth Street Historic District

In addition to the Logan Circle Historic District, the neighborhood includes the much larger Fourteenth Street Historic District, added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 9, 1994. The district’s approximately 765 contributing properties are considered historically significant because they represent residential and commercial development resulting from one of the earliest streetcar lines in Washington, D.C., the 14th Street streetcar line, installed by the Capital Traction Company in the 1880s.

John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church, located on 14th Street NW

The oldest house of worship in the Fourteenth Street Historic District is Luther Place Memorial Church, built 1870–1873, an ELCA Lutheran church situated on the north side of Thomas Circle. Originally known as Memorial Evangelical Lutheran Church of Washington, D.C., the building was renamed in 1884 after a bronze statue of Martin Luther was installed on the church’s property. Luther Place Memorial Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 1973.

The Gladstone and Hawarden, designed by architect George S. Cooper in 1900, are early examples of Washington, D.C.’s middle class apartment houses. Named for Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone and his estate Hawarden Castle, they are the first documented twin apartment buildings in Washington, D.C. The Gladstone and Hawarden were added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 7, 1994.

Local landmarks

The Iowa, designed byThomas Franklin Schneider in 1901, was the birthplace ofanthropologist Julian Steward.

The District of Columbia Inventory of Historic Sites includes several properties in Logan Circle which are not listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among them are the former residences of: Charles Manuel “Sweet Daddy” Grace, flamboyant founder of the United House of Prayer For All People; John A. Lankford, the first African American architect in Washington, D.C.; Belford Lawson, Jr., lead attorney in the landmark case New Negro Alliance v. Sanitary Grocery Co.Alain LeRoy Locke, the first African American Rhodes Scholar and central figure in the Harlem RenaissanceMary Jane Patterson, the first African American woman to earn a bachelor’s degree; Ella Watson, subject of Gordon Parks‘s famous photograph American Gothic, Washington, D.C.; and James Lesesne Wells, noted graphic artist and longtime art instructor at Howard University.

The “Watermelon House” is an unofficial neighborhood landmark that features a watermelon mural painted on the side of a 19th-century residence.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1950 10,394
1960 8,236 −20.8%
1970 6,953 −15.6%
1980 5,455 −21.5%
1990 6,452 18.3%
2000 7,278 12.8%
2010 7,976 9.6%

Logan Circle has experienced remarkable growth since the mid-20th century, with a 2010 population of almost 8,000 people.


In popular culture

Logan Circle is the setting for Dinaw Mengestu‘s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, a novel about an Ethiopian American struggling to start a new life in Washington, D.C.

For more information on Logan Circle, visit its Wikipedia page.

Logan Circle, Washington Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Logan Circle, Washington

1201 O ST NW, Unit 1A Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1201 O ST NW, Unit 1A, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8767065)
1 bed 1 bath 650 sqft $414,555
1401 R ST NW, Unit 310 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1401 R ST NW, Unit 310, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8761587)
1 bed 1 bath 615 sqft $425,000
1420 N ST NW, Unit 801 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1420 N ST NW, Unit 801, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8758270)
1 bed 1 bath 925 sqft $465,000
1211 13TH ST NW, Unit 207 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1211 13TH ST NW, Unit 207, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8756012)
2 beds 2 baths 823 sqft $545,000
1229 12TH ST NW, Unit 209 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1229 12TH ST NW, Unit 209, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8752392)
2 beds 3 baths 1,239 sqft $680,000
1300 13TH ST NW, Unit 806 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1300 13TH ST NW, Unit 806, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8751458)
2 beds 2 baths 1,192 sqft $749,500
1239 VERMONT AVE NW, Unit 205 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1239 VERMONT AVE NW, Unit 205, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8744843)
2 beds 2 baths 800 sqft $399,000
1313 VERMONT AVE NW, Unit 1 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1313 VERMONT AVE NW, Unit 1, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8713636)
2 beds 2 baths 968 sqft $499,900
1410 12TH ST NW, Unit 7 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1410 12TH ST NW, Unit 7, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8711836)
2 beds 3 baths 1,221 sqft $879,000
1318 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1318 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8651902)
6 beds 6 baths 5,435 sqft $3,149,999
1309 R ST NW Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1309 R ST NW, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8562090)
6 beds 4 baths 3,360 sqft $2,500,000

Sold Listings in Logan Circle, Washington

1420 N St Nw #511 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1420 N St Nw #511, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8757109)
0 beds 1 bath 400 sqft $1,595
1635 13th St Nw Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1635 13th St Nw, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8723881)
3 beds 3 baths 2,000 sqft $5,250
1213 N St Nw #A Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1213 N St Nw #A, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8722549)
2 beds 3 baths 1,540 sqft $940,000
1420 Corcoran St Nw Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1420 Corcoran St Nw, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8715574)
4 beds 4 baths $1,599,900
1300 13th St Nw #605 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1300 13th St Nw #605, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8712177)
3 beds 2 baths 1,260 sqft $855,000
1300 N St Nw #814 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1300 N St Nw #814, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8690648)
1 bed 1 bath 715 sqft $2,400
1515 15th St Nw #416 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1515 15th St Nw #416, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8687699)
2 beds 3 baths 1,486 sqft $4,800
1245 13th St Nw #210 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1245 13th St Nw #210, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8678192)
1 bed 1 bath 659 sqft $373,500
1209 13th St Nw #806 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1209 13th St Nw #806, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8675376)
2 beds 2 baths 1,130 sqft $685,000
1400 Church St Nw #604 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1400 Church St Nw #604, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8671198)
2 beds 2 baths 1,250 sqft $4,750
1211 13th St Nw #801 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1211 13th St Nw #801, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8670502)
2 beds 2 baths 1,138 sqft $885,000
1440 Church St Nw #604 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1440 Church St Nw #604, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8670978)
2 beds 2 baths 1,476 sqft $5,200
1400 Church St Nw #203 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1400 Church St Nw #203, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8668754)
2 beds 2 baths 950 sqft $715,000
1441 Rhode Island Ave Nw #911 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1441 Rhode Island Ave Nw #911, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8668879)
1 bed 1 bath 735 sqft $519,000
1004 S St Nw Washington, DC 20001
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3 beds 2 baths $1,042,500

Walk Score for Logan Circle, Washington

Logan Circle, Washington School Data

Washington School Districts

District Of Columbia Public Schools
Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
Community Academy Public Charter School (Capcs)
The Next Step Pcs
9-12 & ungraded
Carlos Rosario International Pcs
K-2 & ungraded
Eagle Academy Pcs
Two Rivers Public Charter School Agency
Appletree Early Learning Center Pcs
Bridges Pcs
Early Childhood Academy Pcs
Youth Build Pcs Layc
10-12 & ungraded
The William E. Doar, Junior Public Charter School for the Performing Arts
Education Strenghtens Families Pcs
Washington Latin Public Charter School
Septima Clark Pcs
Arts And Technology Pcs
Booker T. Washington Pcs
9-12 & ungraded
Capital City Pcs
Cesar Chavez Public Pcs
Community Academy Pcs
D.C. Bilingual Pcs
D.C. Preparatory Academy Pcs
E.L. Haynes Pcs
Friendship Pcs
Hope Community Academy Pcs
Hospitality Pcs
Cedar Tree Academy Public Charter School
PK-K, 7-8
Howard University Middle School Of Math And Science
Perry Street Preparatory Pcs
Integrated Design Electronics Academy Idea
Ideal Academy Pcs
Kipp Academy Pcs
PK, 1-12
Latin America Youth Bilingual Montessori
Mary Mcleod Bethune Pcs
Maya Angelou Pcs
6-12 & ungraded
Meridian Pcs
Nia Community PCS
Options Pcs
Paul Public Charter School
Potomac Lighthouse Pcs
Roots Pcs
Sail PCS
Seed Pcs
St. Coletta Special Education Pcs
PK-12 & ungraded
Elsie Whitlow Stokes Communtiy Freedom Pcs
Thurgood Marshall Academy Pcs
Tree Of Life Pcs
Two Rivers Pcs
Washington Latin Pcs
Washington Math Science Pcs
William E. Doar Jr Pcs
Achievement Preparatory Academy Pcs
Center City Pcs
Imagine Southeast Pcs
National Collegiate Prep
Washington Yu Ying Pcs
7-12 & ungraded
Excel Academy Pcs
Inspired Teaching Demonstration Pcs
Shining Stars Montessori Pcs
Richard Wright Pcs For Journalism And Media Arts Pcs
Basis Dc Pcs
Creative Minds Pcs
Dc Scholars Pcs
Mundo Verde Bilingual Pcs
Ingenuity Preparatory Pcs
Sela Pcs
Somerset Pcs
State Operative Agency

Washington Schools

Murch Elementary School
PK-5, public
Moten Elementary School
PK-5, public
Montgomery Elementary School
PK-6, public
Miner Elementary School
PK-5, public
Meyer Elementary School
PK-5, public
Merritt Middle School
PK-8, public
McGogney Elementary School
PK-6, public
Roosevelt High School @ MacFarland
9-12, public
M.C. Terrell / McGogney Elementary School
PK-5, public
Takoma Education Campus
PK-8, public
Stanton Elementary School
PK-5, public
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
9-12 & ungraded, public
Sousa Middle School
6-8, public
Shaw Middle School @ Garnet-Patterson
6-8, public
Ron Brown Middle School
6-8, public
Shaed Education Campus
PK-8, public
Shadd Elementary School
n/a, public
Seaton Elementary School
PK-5, public
Savoy Elementary School
PK-5, public
Rudolph Elementary School
PK-6, public
Ross Elementary School
PK-5, public
River Terrace Elementary School
PK-5, public
Randle Highlands Elementary School
PK-5, public
Shepherd Elementary School
PK-5, public
Marie Reed Elementary School
PK-5, public