Logan Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Treading the Boards
A Fitting Tribute
—Logan Circle Heritage Trail —
In 1980 the pioneering Source Theatre, founded by Bart Whiteman three years earlier, moved into a former auto supply store at 1809 14th. A few years later Source took over a one-time Oldsmobile showroom at 1835.
Although Washington never had the manufacturing activity of other cities, it developed a stock of industrial spaces. Here they came in the form of auto showrooms
To return to the Metro Red line, walk one block north on Q Street and turn left. The Dupont Circle Station is six blocks west on Q Street.
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, water 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
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 Revered 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.
A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trail is an Official Washington, DC Walking Trail. The self-guided, 1.5 mile tour of 15 signs offers about two hours of gentle exercise. Free explanatory keepsake guidebooks are available at businesses and intersections along the way. For more on DC neighborhoods, please visit www.CulturalTourism DC.org.
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Logan Circle Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.576′ N, 77° 1.912′ W. Marker is in Logan Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 14th Street Northwest and P Street Northwest when traveling north on 14th Street Northwest. Touch for map. In front of Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1415 14th Street 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. It Takes a Village (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Automobile Row (about 300 feet away); When Logan Rode The Battle Line (about 300 feet away); No Braver Man Than John Logan (about 300 feet away); John Logan House (about 400 feet away); Logan Circle (about 400 feet away); 6 Logan (about 400 feet away); Belford V. Lawson and Marjorie M. Lawson Residence (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Logan Circle.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 395 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1. submitted on January 19, 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, 16. submitted on January 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.