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Annual House Tour Features the Art of Living in Logan Circle

By Parker Stanzione*

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The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) invites DC area residents and visitors to attend its 32nd annual Logan Circle House Tour on Sunday, December 5 from 1 to 5 p m. The self-guided house tour concludes with a Wassail reception from 3 to 5:30 p m  hosted at the Studio Theatre, 14th and P Streets, NW. The event is accessible via the Mt. Vernon Square or the McPherson Square Metro stations.

The 12 homes chosen for the tour this year represent an eclectic mix of traditional and modern styles of living, ranging from a sleek two-story contemporary condo to a fully restored Victorian bed & breakfast that once housed a funeral home.

“The homes on this year’s tour will indulge your senses,” said Kurt Bersani and Dara Duguay, the 2010 house tour co-chairs. “Staying true to this year’s theme, ‘The Art of Living in Logan Circle,’ the tour showcases the sophisticated and unique ways that Logan Circle residents have designed their lives.”

Open for visitors will be the sleek condo at the Metropole recently featured on the cover of Home and Design. The apartment was renovated to showcase the owners’ contemporary art collection that includes a custom-made Graham Caldwell hand-blown glass sculpture.

A property unique to the area is a local bed and breakfast, originally built in 1870, and believed to have been the location of the first licensed African-American funeral home in Washington. The carriage house off of the kitchen includes the site of the original tin clad embalming room. The guestrooms themselves are decorated with antiques and original work by Erté, the Russian-born painter who helped define the Art Deco movement.

Also on the tour is a spectacular 1879 Victorian home with an extensive collection of 17th and 18th century art acquired by the owners during numerous trips overseas. The house has a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, nine fireplaces and a lovely marble-tiled porch overlooking a brick courtyard.

Logan Circle is not only home to traditional and modern architecture, but the community also has over 20 art galleries and 40 art studios. In addition to extensive collections of 17th through 20th century art that visitors can admire throughout the homes, many contemporary Logan Circle artists will be showcased this year as well.

The 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.

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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, 14th and P Streets, NW for $25. Tickets purchased through the LCCA website will be held at will-call for pick up on the day of the tour at the Studio Theatre lobby.

Advance tickets can also be purchased at the following locations: Ace Hardware (1055 5th St.), Azi’s Café (1336 9th St.), Barrel House Liquor (1341 14th St.), and Logan Hardware (1416 P St.) For more information, call (202) 494-7274.

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

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