Logan Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Presidents' Church
A Fitting Tribute
— Logan Circle Heritage Trail —
Formed in 1843 as DC's first Disciples of Christ congregation, National City Christian Church moved here in 1930. The building was designed by John Russell Pope, noted architect of the National Archives. Jefferson Memorial. and National Gallery of Art The church's magnificent organ is second only to the Washington National Cathedral's in size.
On Thomas Circle, behind you, is the Washington Plaza Hotel. Opened as the International
Just below Thomas Circle off Massachusetts Avenue lies an alley known as Green Court, once home to the Krazy Kat, a Prohibition-era speakeasy that attracted edgy young artists of the 1920s.
The Logan Circle Neighborhood began with city boosters' dreams of greatness. The troops, cattle pens, and hubbub of the Civil War (1861-1865) had nearly ruined Washington, and when the fighting ended, Congress threatened to move the nation's capital elsewhere. So city leaders raced to repair and modernize the city. As paved streets, waster and gas lines, street lights, and sewers reached undeveloped areas, wealthy whites followed. Mansions soon sprang up around an elegant park where Vermont and Rhode Island Avenues met. The circle was named Iowa Circle, thanks to Iowa Senator William Boyd Allison. In 1901 a statue of Civil War General (and later Senator) John A. Logan, a founder of Memorial Day, replaced the park's central fountain. The circle took his name in 1930. The title of this Heritage Trail comes from General Logan's argument that Memorial Day would serve as "a fitting tribute
As the city grew beyond Logan Circle, affluent African Americans gradually replaced whites here. Most of them moved on during World War II, and their mansions were divided into rooming houses to meet a wartime housing shortage. By the 1960s, with suburban Maryland and Virginia drawing investment, much of the neighborhood had decayed. When civil disturbances erupted after the 1968 assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it hit bottom. Ten years later, however, long-time residents, newcomers, and new city programs spurred revival. A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trail takes you through the neighborhood's lofty and low times to introduce the array of individuals who shaped its modern vitality.
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 13.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Logan Circle Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 38° 54.404′ N, 77° 1.907′ W. Marker is in Logan Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1226 Vermont Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Care for the City (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General George H. Thomas (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Striving for Equality (about 600 feet away); Bethune Museum-Archives (about 700 feet away); It Takes a Village (about 800 feet away); The Budapest Lad (Pesti Srac) Statue (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Artistic Life (approx. 0.2 miles away); This House was Occupied by Alexander Graham Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Logan Circle.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 20, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 313 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1. submitted on September 20, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 2. submitted on December 2, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on September 20, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.