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Logan Circle House Tour to Reveal Vintage Houses and Contemporary Lofts

By Parker Stanzione*

The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) invites District residents to attend its 29th annual Logan Circle House Tour on Sunday, December 2, starting at 1 pm and continuing through 5 pm. The self-guided tour concludes with a Wassail reception at the Studio Theatre at 14th and P Streets from 3 until 5:30 pm.

This year the tour will include eight homes in the neighborhood that represent the theme, “Expanding the Logan Circle Experience.”

“This year the tour brings you a new view of Logan Circle and the growth that is continuing to make our neighborhood more diverse and vibrant,” says Tim Christensen, 2007 House Tour Chairperson. “Commitment to community, tradition, and the future are our watchwords as we strive to keep Logan strong to our longtime residents and welcoming to our new ones.”

For a more modern view of what’s happening on the 14th Street corridor, guests can visit the Cooper Lewis, which has become a modernist landmark in the neighborhood with its dramatic walls of glass. This year two distinctive homes will be featured in this “glass box,” which incorporates a 19th-century façade on its 14th Street side. One is Eric Kole’s penthouse, which features furnishings from his local store, Vastu, and an extensive art collection. As you step onto the gigantic terrace, the Washington skyline provides a captivating backdrop to the décor within. This terrace is unlike any other you are likely to see, and views of Washington’s monuments are virtually unobstructed.

“I feel like I must be the luckiest person in Washington to have a view like this,” Kole says about his home.

At the center of the tour is One Logan Circle, a majestic structure built in Second Empire style in the late 1870s. In 1997, developer PN Hoffman purchased the building after a bitter “war of the roses” divorce forced the sale. At that time it was converted into eight units, each between 1,200 and 1,300 square feet. The home featured on the tour is the penthouse unit, which boasts a beautiful roof deck.

Around the corner from One Logan is another contemporary loft at the Icon. Symbolic of the neighborhood’s bridge between tradition and the future, the Icon features dramatic lofts and 12-foot, floor-to-ceiling views of the traditional buildings that surround it. What was recently a parking lot is now one of Logan’s most stylistic architectural beacons, replete with chic lobby art by German photographer Roland Fischer.

*The writer is a Logan Circle resident and serves on the house tour planning committee as its communications director.

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How and Where to Obtain Tickets

Tickets are available for $15 in advance on the LCCA website (http://www.logancircle.org), at Lambda Rising Bookstore (1625 Conn. Ave.), and Logan Hardware (1416 P St.), or for $20 the day of the event at 1324 Vermont Avenue, NW, starting at 12:30 pm. Advance ticket sales will be mailed when possible, or held at will-call to be picked up after 12:30pm on Sunday, December 2nd, at 1324 Vermont Avenue. For more information, call (202) 489-4553.