Logan Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
If These Mansions Could Talk
A Fitting Tribute
— Logan Circle Heritage Trail —
Over the years most of Logan Circle's Mansions experienced numerous uses and have returned to private occupancy. For example 15 Logan Circle was completed in 1877 for Lt. Cmdr. Seth Ledyard Phelps, a Civil War Veteran appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant to the Board of Commissioners (the body that governed DC from 1874 until 1967). In 1891 the Kingdom of Korea (Joseon Dynasty) purchased number 15 for its first embassy in the United States. Just before Imperial Japan annexed Korea in 1910, the Japanese government forcibly took possession of the house and sold it. Eventually the mansion house a World War II-era recreation center for African Americans and then offices for locals 639 and 730 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters before returning to a series of private owners. The Korean government repurchased the house in 2012, marking the 130th anniversary of U.S. Korea diplomatic relations. Phelps also built the adjoining 1502 3th Street, briefly the clubhouse of African American journalists, then a rooming house of ill repute known as the Raleigh, and, since the 1990s, condominium apartments.
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Erected 2013 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 7.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Government & Politics • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Logan Circle Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1877.
Location. 38° 54.616′ N, 77° 1.761′ W. Marker is in Logan Circle in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 13th Street Northwest and Logan Circle Northwest, on the left when Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1505 13th St 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. Old Korean Legation in Washington, D.C. (within shouting distance of this marker); Logan Circle, Just Ahead (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles M. “Sweet Daddy” Grace Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General John A. Logan (within shouting distance of this marker); Pratt House (within shouting distance of this marker); Belford V. Lawson and Marjorie M. Lawson Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); John Logan Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Logan Circle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Logan Circle.
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