Logan Circle is a neighborhood in northwest Washington, DC, originally known as Iowa Circle and named after Civil War Commander and Senator John A. Logan of Illinois, who lived at 4 Logan Circle. The neighborhood also includes two historic districts; the Logan Circle Historic District is an eight-block historic district surrounding the circle, and the larger Fourteenth Street Historic District of approximately 765 properties. The development of the area started with the construction of successive blocks of Victorian and Romanesque row houses, some with carriage houses and attached servant’s quarters, in the 1870s, as wells as residential and commercial development along the early 14th Street streetcar line in the 1880s.
During the 2000s, the 14th Street and P Street corridors underwent significant revitalization, including the opening of Whole Foods Market in 2000. Logan Circle residents enjoy a wide range of shops, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife. Latin restaurants are interspersed with traditional and contemporary American food, seafood, deli fare, pizza and bars.
The Metro has no stops in Logan Circle, but several stations lie close by. The U Street Station (Green and Yellow lines), the Dupont Circle Metro (Red Line), and the McPherson Square Metro (Blue and Orange lines) allow Logan Circle residents convenient access to the entire Washington, DC metropolitan area.
The Logan Circle Community Association, established in 1972, represents residents and organizes social activities, an annual potluck dinner and an annual house tour.
Logan Circle is served by significant recreation. The National Park Service maintains Logan Circle Park, the residential park inside the traffic circle. Logan Circle Park with sidewalks, benches and green space now hosts dog socials, picnics, bocce, croquet and badminton for area residents. Nearby, Shaw Park offers a dog park with water, trees, and benches for a dog’s human companions, as well as a 11,000 square-foot concrete skate park with ramps, staris, grindoxes, half-pipes and more.