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Logan Circle Heritage Trail Celebrates Neighborhood’s Rich History

With a celebratory program in Logan Circle Park and a public reception at the Studio Theatre on July 13th, this newest -– the 15th — in the District’s Heritage Trail program was dedicated and the virtual ribbon cut for everyone to follow the map showing the trail’s points of interest throughout the neighborhood.

Logan Circle Heritage Trail. See below for the key to each of the 13 points of interest. map--courtesy Cultural Tourism DC

Logan Circle Heritage Trail. See below for the key to each of the 15 points of interest. map–courtesy Cultural Tourism DC

Produced by Cultural Tourism DC’s staff and with the dedicated work of the Logan Circle Heritage Trail Working Group and the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) and neighborhood volunteers helping to identify landmarks of local and national importance, the trail’s 15 handsome double-sided signs highlight the historical significance of personages, events and structures within the immediate vicinity of each stop along the trail.

Key to the Map’s 15 Sign Locations

Title: See You at the Center
16th and Q
Topics: Jewish Community Center, Church of the HolyCity, ScottishRiteTemple

Sign 2
Intellectual Leadership
15th and Church, NE corner
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and theologian Alexander Crummell; pulisher John Wesley Cromwell, educator Otelia Cromwell, artist Alma Thomas

Sign 3
Automobile Row
14th and Church, NW corner
Former auto showrooms, JohnWesleyAMEZionChurch (where Megar Evers lay in state), BerretSchool

Sign 4
Paying Attention
14th and R, SE corner
Whitman-Walker Clinic and the AIDS crisis; artist James Lesesne Wells; Mu-So-Lit Club, Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church

Sign 5
Contraband” to Community
Vermont and R, SW corner
CampBarker (contraband camp during Civil War), VermontAvenueBaptistChurch (visits by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Obama)

Sign 6
Logan Circle, Just Ahead
1500 block of Vermont Avenue
Development of Logan Circle Victorian houses, General John A. Logan and Memorial Day, African American lodging district during segregation era

Sign 7
If These Mansions Could Talk
Vermont Ave at Logan Circle, NW quadrant
Lifespans of mansions: KoreanCulturalCenter (15 Logan Circle) and Smith Family home (14 Logan Circle) since 1930.

Sign 8
Honest Labor
12th and P, SW corner
Louise Hand Laundry, historic preservationists of the 1960s work to save Logan Circle

Sign 9
When Gordon Met Ella
11th and P, SE corne
World-famous series of photographs by Gordon Parks of Ella Watson’s world, including her home, 1433 11th Street, NW.

Sign 10
The Artistic Life
Logan Circle, SW quadrant, in front of numbers 1 and 2
LetcherArtCenter (school run by cousin of Duke Ellington) run by Henry and Evelyn Letcher; late 1960s use by jazz musician Henry Letcher, Jr.; rehabilitation of mansions in 1970s

Sign 11
Striving for Equality
1318 Vermont Ave
Mary McLeod Bethune and National Council of Negro Women; former Confederate Memorial Hall (retirement home for Confederate veterans)

Sign 12
Care for the City
1200 block of Vermont Ave, west side
LutherPlaceMemorialChurch and social justice

Sign 13
The Presidents’ Church
1200 block of 14th St, east side
National City Christian Church (President Lyndon B. Johnson’s church); Morris Lapidus-designed Washington Plaza Hotel; jazz-age hipsters

Sign 14
It Takes a Village
14th and Rhode Island, SE corner
Logan Circle Community Association and efforts to end prostitution in Logan Circle, beautify the area, expand the Historic District

Sign 15
Treading the Boards
14th and P, NW corner
Auto showrooms give way to Studio Theatre, Zenith Square Gallery, Source Theater