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Logan Circle Holiday House Tour to Feature an Eclectic Mix of Homes from Contemporary Condo to Adaptive Re-use to 19th Century

By Parker Stanzione*

[Note: Photographs accompanying this news story in the print edition can be viewed in the full PDF copy in the Current & Back Issues Archive.]

The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) invites DC area residents and visitors to attend its 31st annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 6 from 1 to 5 pm. The self-guided tour which offers a mix of historical tradition and a modern style of living concludes with a Wassail reception and raffle prizes from local merchants hosted by the Studio Theatre at 14th and P Streets between 3:30 and 5 pm.

“A rich diversity of homes found in the Logan Circle area are featured in this year’s tour,” says Dara Duguay, 2009 House Tour Chairperson. “The area has experienced tremendous growth in the past few years and has become ‘the’ place to live. You will see why once you walk around the neighborhood and peek inside these homes.”

For a contemporary look at some renovations happening in the Logan Circle area, guests can tour the former Louise Hand Laundry building on 12th Street. The stylish residence, owned by the proprietors of the Good Wood antique store on U Street, was once the laundry shop of choice for the White House from the Roosevelt administration through the Kennedy years. This industrial space has been converted into a modern home, where the exposed concrete floors and ceiling encompass a vast collection of antiques stretching from the mid-19th century to the mid-1950s.

Tour patrons can also visit a chic condo in the Icon building on 13th Street that is owned by an interior designer who was a set designer for “Sex in the City” and a finalist on Bravo’s “Top Design.” The condo combines the use of bold graphics, vintage fixtures and quirky collectables such as a painting of a pig, originally bought for Spike Lee’s movie 25th Hour.

Rounding out the tour is a grand 1879 Queen Anne Victorian brick home which features an eight-sided parlor at the southern point of the house which boasts a unique view of the Washington Monument. The owners chose the home in part for the abundance of light that streams through windows on each of the three levels of this home and illuminates a striking curved central staircase. The interior décor is a testament to the owners’ world travels. For instance, a marriage chest from Morocco has found a home next to a Guatemalan table runner, which adorns a Honduran mahogany coffee table, which in turn sits atop a Turkish rug.

[Ed. Note: The 1879 house described above, formerly owned by historian and preservationist Paul K. Williams, was granted during his stewardship individual historic landmark status in recognition of it having been owned and used by Frelinghusen University. That institution had been directed by the noted African-American educator Anna Julia Cooper who had lived in a fine house facing what is today known as Anna J. Cooper Circle at 4th and T Streets, NW; that house remains in good condition to this day.]

The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) has sponsored the self-guided house tour since 1978 and counts on the proceeds from it to continue the association’s philanthropic and community development efforts throughout the neighborhood. To find out more about LCCA, visit www.LoganCircle.org.

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

How and Where to Obtain Tickets

Tickets are available for purchase for $20 in advance on the LCCA website (www.LoganCircle.org) or on the day of the tour at the Studio Theatre, 1thh and P Streets, NW for $25. Tickets purchased via the website will be held at will-call for pick up on the day of the event at the Studio Theatre lobby.

Advance tickets can also be purchased at the following locations: Azi’s Café (1336 9th St.), Barrel House Liquor (1341 14th St.), Home Rule (1807 14th St.), Lambda Rising (1625 Conn. Ave.), Logan Hardware (1416 P St., and 5th Street Ace Hardware (1055 5th St.). The event is accessible via the Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street/Convention Center and the McPherson Square Metro stations. For more information, call (202) 232-8422.

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