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Logan Circle House Tour Celebrates Neighborhood’s Historic and Modern

By Bill Smith*

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The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) invites DC area residents to attend the 34th Annual Logan Circle House Tour on Sunday, December 2nd from 1 to 5 p.m. This year’s theme – “Celebrate! Logan Circle” –- encourages tour goers to enjoy the architecture, stunning interior designs, holiday décor and world-class art found in the more than 10 properties that will be open for a self-guided tour. As in years past, a Wassail Reception with refreshments will be held at the Studio Theatre, 14th and P Streets, NW during the event.

Among the residences featured this year is a grand, late 1800s town home that has been painstakingly restored and includes an impressive art collection, stunning Eastern European chandeliers and a baby grand piano. Stunning and unique works of art grace the walls, including a large patriotic and nostalgic piece that the owners commissioned to hearken back to the beginnings of U.S. history and to capture recent events (the gentleman driving the car in the artwork represents a late uncle). Architectural details include large bay windows and massive, original pocket doors. The formal dining room has a built-in china cabinet that is original to the house, and has been expertly rescued from layers of paint that were applied decades ago.

The kitchen is thoroughly updated with every modern convenience a chef could desire. The glass tile walls and art installation suspended from the ceiling make the space feel more like an art gallery than a kitchen. Through the glass doors, an inviting, large patio awaits. Such a large private outdoor space is rare anywhere in the city, and especially in the Logan Circle neighborhood. A charming carriage house completes the back yard.

The master suite on the second floor includes one of the home’s three fireplaces and has custom built-in closets that are rich and warm, yet functional, providing a significant amount of additional storage. The crystal sconces in the master bath were crafted by the same Czech crystal company that made the crystal chandelier in the dining room.

On the third floor is an art studio and guest room. The art table cleverly retracts into the wall to reveal a bed beneath.

Also featured on the tour is a three-story brick, Queen Anne style home that was built in 1884. It now is the headquarters of the United States Daughters of 1812, a non-profit organization for descendants of patriots who aided the American cause in the War of 1812. The house is full of artifacts and memorabilia, and fully furnished with period furniture.

Leaving the Victorian world behind, tour goers can step into the 21st century and visit a 2,500 square-foot penthouse at the Metropole. Massive walls of windows, a custom-made glass walk-in wine refrigerator, and a playful glass floor catwalk are all on display. An enormous split-level private roof terrace serves as the owners’ outdoor living room.

“Logan Circle has changed so much over the last 10 years and we continue to evolve in ways we never thought possible,” said Jack Jetmund, 2012 House Tour chair. “We welcome everyone to come to Logan Circle and join us in celebrating the many ways residents have chosen to live. We promise a delightful, engaging, surprising and fascinating afternoon.”

Since 1978, the LCCA has hosted the annual tour. The proceeds continue the association’s philanthropic and community development efforts throughout the neighborhood. To find out more about LCCA, visit or find them on Facebook (LCCA.DC) or Twitter (@LCCA_DC).

*The writer serves on the house tour planning committee as its communications director.



How and Where to Obtain Tickets

Tickets are available for purchase for $25 in advance through the LCCA’s website ( Advance tickets can also be purchased at the following locations: 5th Street Ace Hardware (1055 5th St.), Barrel House Liquor (1341 14th St.), Logan Hardware (1416 P St.), and Mitchell Gold (1526 14th St.). Tickets will also be sold on the day of the tour, starting at 12:30 p.m., for $30 at the Studio Theatre ( 14th & P Sts.)

The event is easily reached by Metro, either from the Mt. Vernon Square (Green/Yellow lines), McPherson Square (Blue/Orange lines), or Dupont Circle (Red line) stations. For more information, call (703) 298-2888.


Copyright (c) 2012 InTowner Publishing Corp. & Logan Circle Community Ass’n. All rights reserved.