by Borderstan Sponsor December 2, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Mention turn-of-the-century and Logan Circle in the same sentence and grand Victorian homes come to mind. But is that the real world?

Today’s Logan Circle captures a unique look in the growth and development of the neighborhood as those historic buildings that once housed auto shops, horses and Laundromats are now stunning examples of modern interior design and habitation on a smaller level for single professionals and families alike.

So, how does Washington’s most talked about neighborhood keep its unique and historic character in the modern realties of today’s housing market? Find out as this year’s Logan Circle Holiday House Tour reveals the before and after architectural success of the neighborhood’s new century that’s made it not only the place to be seen, but the place to live.

An 1812 home’s top floor and attic turned penthouse entertainment area is just one of the unique sites to be seen this weekend. See the variation of a top floor and basement level apartment in the same building that show modern chic and functional living and where the next unit is headed.

Each year, Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) hosts this annual holiday event that kicks off the season in style. Following the tour, enjoy the unique musical talents of harpists and carolers at the annual Wassail Party hosted at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St. NW).

Advance tickets are $30 and can be purchased online until Saturday, December 5. Tickets on the day of the tour are $35 at Studio Theatre or Old City Farm and Guild

Proceeds from the event will continue LCCA’s longtime mission of providing an
effective voice for a diverse residential and business community in its historic neighborhood while building a thriving future.

by Borderstan.com November 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm 0

Now’s your chance to peek into the homes of Washington’s most talked about neighborhood as the Logan Circle Community Association, LCCA, hosts the 37th annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 5pm.

This year you get a glimpse of the neighborhood’s historic renovation and modern future from homes and buildings that include a fixture of 14th Street’s Automobile Row, the former diplomatic headquarters of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty, a turn of the century carriage house to a distinct expression of 21st century green architecture. All are among the dozen properties on this year’s tour.

Each year the festive event kicks off the holiday season in style with carolers throughout the neighborhood and the merriment of the annual wassail party hosted at Studio Theatre.

Advance tickets are $30 and can be purchased online until Saturday, Dec. 5. Tickets on the day of the tour are $35 at Studio Theatre or Old City Farm and Guild.

Proceeds from the event will continue LCCA’s longtime mission of providing an effective voice for a diverse residential and business community in its historic neighborhood while building a thriving future.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by the Logan Circle Community Association.

by Borderstan.com June 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

"Logan Circle"

Logan Circle Heritage Trail. (Courtesy)

If you want to support the Logan Circle Heritage Trail here is your opportunity. On Wednesday, June 26, Whole Foods Market on P Street will donate 5% of the store’s net sales.

At the same time, Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) volunteers and Heritage Trail partners from Cultural Tourism DC will be at Whole Foods to tell customers about the new trail.

Two-and-a-half years in the making, the 15 signs that will mark the walking trail have been finalized and should be in the ground by the beginning of July at the latest. The trail will officially open on Saturday, July 13. There will be a public opening ceremony in the early afternoon in Logan Circle. After some time to explore the trail itself, a celebratory event will take place at the Studio Theater (1501 14th Street NW) from 5 to 7 pm. Local politicians, dignitaries and celebrities are expected to attend.

Stops on the Trail

The trail will have 15 stops in all, starting at the Jewish Community Center and ending at the Studio Theater. Other stops will include:

The Details

  • What: Support Logan Circle Heritage Trail. Whole Foods Market will donate 5% of its net sales.
  • When: Wednesday June 26, from 8 am to 10:30 pm
  • Where: Whole Foods Market, 1440 P Street NW

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by Borderstan.com April 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

"LCCA"

The LCCA will hold April’s happy hour on Tuesday, April 2. Pictured above is Civil War General John A. Logan of Illinois in Logan Circle. (Borderstan)

The Logan Circle Community Association‘s (LCCA) “First Tuesday” happy hour will take place on Tuesday, April 2, at the offices of McWilliams|Ballard realtors (1402 14th Street NW). The happy hour, which includes food and beverages, will take place from 6 until 8 pm.

Established in 1972, the LCCA works to “promote the civic and social interests of residents.” The association sponsors monthly membership programs on selected topics, volunteer committees, social opportunities and neighborhood activity announcements.

According to LCCA, “The Association represents the Greater Logan Circle area, bounded by S Street to the north, K Street to the south, 9th Street to the east and 16th Street to the west. Membership is open to anyone who resides or owns a business or property within its boundaries.”

For more information, visit the LCCA website for contact information.

by Borderstan.com November 30, 2012 at 9:00 am 1,072 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

"Logan Circle"

Annual Logan Circle Holiday House tour is this Sunday. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s just about time to deck the halls, trim the tree and pour the eggnog. Yes, even though we have yet to reach Thanksgiving, the winter holiday season is just around the corner.

To help ring in the season, the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) will host its 34th Annual HolidayHouse Tour on Sunday, December 2 from 1 to 5 pm. The tour will take participants to some of the neighborhoods most beautifully decorated homes from, and will conclude with a Wassail Reception at Studio Theatre.

Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 on the day of the tour) and are available online.

The LCCA is also looking for more than 100 volunteers for this year’s Holiday House Tour. Hosts are needed for in-home presentations, the reception table and for ticketing.

While the tour itself is held from 1 to 5 pm, the day begins in the morning with breakfast and a “pre-tour” so all volunteers have the opportunity to see the homes. A post-tour surprise is also planned for volunteers.

If you’re interested in volunteering for this year’s Holiday House Tour, please contact Kristin Thompson at kdtrcg[AT]gmail.com.

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by Borderstan.com November 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,111 0

"Holiday"

The Logan Circle Holiday House Tour is December 2. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

It’s just about time to deck the halls, trim the tree and pour the eggnog. Yes, even though we have yet to reach Thanksgiving, the winter holiday season is just around the corner.

To help ring in the season, the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) will host its 34th Annual Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 2 from 1 to 5 pm. The tour will take participants to some of the neighborhoods most beautifully decorated homes from, and will conclude with a Wassail Reception at Studio Theatre.

Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 on the day of the tour) and are available online.

The LCCA is also looking for more than 100 volunteers for this year’s Holiday House Tour. Hosts are needed for in-home presentations, the reception table and for ticketing.

While the tour itself is held from 1 to 5 pm, the day begins in the morning with breakfast and a “pre-tour” so all volunteers have the opportunity to see the homes. A post-tour surprise is also planned for volunteers.

If you’re interested in volunteering for this year’s Holiday House Tour, please contact Kristin Thompson at kdtrcg[AT]gmail.com.

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by Borderstan.com November 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm 0

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The LCCA will hold it’s annual potluck dinner and election event on Thursday, November 15. (Borderstan)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) will hold its annual potluck dinner on Thursday, November 15 at Fathom Gallery (1333 14th Street NW). Bring your favorite appetizer, casserole, salad, side dish or dessert and join your neighbors in electing new board members. LCCA will also present awards to those who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of life in the Logan Circle neighborhood.

Candidates for the LCCA board offices include:

  • Tim Christensen, President
  • Kristin Thompson, Corresponding Secretary
  • Paul Jacobs, At-Large Member
  • Nate Brown, At-Large Member
 For more information about the LCCA potluck, contact kristin.thompson[AT]logancircle.org. 

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by Borderstan.com September 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,057 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

"ANC"

Click for a larger map: The new ANC 2F/Logan map for the 2012 election. (DC Board of Elections)

On Wednesday, September 12, The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) will host a Candidates’ Forum at the Washington Plaza Hotel (10 Thomas Circle NW) to hear this year’s ANC 2F candidates present brief statements and participate in a Q&A session with community members.

LCCA President Tim Christensen will moderate, and refreshments will be served at the forum, which runs from 7 until 9 pm.

2 New Districts, 3 Contested Races

To coincide with the population increase in the Logan Circle neighborhood, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F is expanding this year from six to eight Single Member Districts (SMDs). ANC 2F has three contested races in SMDs 02 (with candidates Adam Stempel, Walt Cain and James Baker), 04 (with candidates John Fanning and Joel Heisey) and 08 (with candidates Matthew Connolly and Howard Marks).

For more information on the Candidates’ Forum, visit the LCCA website or contact Kristin Thompson (kristin.thompson[AT]logancircle.org) or Tim Christensen (tim.christensen[AT]logancircle.org).

The ANC elections will be held on November 6, 2012.

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by Borderstan.com July 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

Art

ReMixed Messages explores HIV/AIDS through art. The exhibit will be open to the public from July 24 through August 4 at Fathom Gallery. (Image courtesy of Visual AIDS)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

DC-based Fathom Creative and Transformer Gallery are teaming up with Visual AIDS, an organization that uses art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue and supporting artists, to bring a former New York exhibition to the neighborhood.

The exhibition, ReMixed Messages, explores the personal and political dichotomies of HIV/AIDS. The show highlights more than 30 text-based works from local and internationally recognized artists that reflect reactions to, and connections through, HIV/AIDS across generations.

The exhibition is free and open to the public; it will run from July 24 through August 4 at Fathom Gallery (1333 14th Street NW). The opening reception is on Tuesday, July 24 from 7 until 9 pm and the closing reception will take place on Thursday, August 2 from 6 until 8 pm. Hours: Tuesday, July 24 through Friday, July 27, 2 to 6 pm; Saturday, July 28, noon to 6 pm; Tuesday, July 31 through Saturday, August 4, 11 am to 3 pm.

Some of the exhibition’s featured artists include Tim Tate, Linda Hesh, Maggie Michael, John Giorno, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yoko Ono, Jack Pierson, David Wojnarowicz, Kay Rosen and Rob Wynne. First presented at La MaMa La Galleria in New York in 2011, this DC exhibition, curated by John Chaich, coincides with the 2012 International AIDS Conference, which takes place in DC this July.

The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) and Accordia Global Health Foundation have both provided support for the exhibition.

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by Borderstan.com June 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,320 2 Comments

In this edition of Borderstan People, we talk to Tim Christensen, the current president of the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA), and a 23-year resident of the Logan neighborhood. Christensen discusses life two decades ago in what is now arguably DC’s “It Neighborhood” — and also shares what he thinks, and hopes, is next for Logan Circle.

Borderstan: First, the basics. Where are you from and how did you end up in DC, particularly Logan Circle?

"Tim Christensen"

Tim Christensen in Logan Circle. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Christensen: I grew up in Midland, Michigan, lived in Ann Arbor for 13 years, and moved to DC to start a new job in 1987. Walter and I met in 1988 and bought our first home together in 1989.

Borderstan: You’ve been in Logan Circle since 1989. Not sure else how to put it, but Logan was the “gentrification frontier” of the time, wasn’t it?

Christensen: In 1989, as the crack cocaine epidemic peaked, we didn’t know for sure whether the neighborhood was headed up or down. Drug dealing and prostitution were still rampant. That had already begun to change for the better as more and more adventurous folks joined the “pioneers” who spearheaded neighborhood reconstruction under the leadership of the Logan Circle Community Association.

Borderstan: There’s lots of discussion about how Logan Circle (and DC) have changed in the last decade. But, we’d like your prediction of what is next for the neighborhood? What’s the next version of Logan Circle? What does it look like?

Christensen: The next version of Logan Circle is a vibrant, safe neighborhood that attracts young families — straight and gay — who want to raise their children here and send them to DC Public Schools. The community association is working with the parents on that. We must also do everything we can as individuals and a community to preserve diversity in all its dimensions.

Borderstan: What’s your prediction for the retail scene on the 14th Street corridor? It seems we are entering Phase 3.0 now — does that mean the arrival of chain stores, such as Gap?

Christensen: The risk is there. Small businesses often become victims of their own success as rents rise and big-box opportunities emerge. We must all — and I mean the DC government as well as private citizens, developers, and landlords — support our small businesses in every way we can to preserve the uniqueness of Logan Circle. The arts, particularly theatre and galleries, are crucial to the effort, as are our many boutique stores.

Borderstan: You’re president of LCCA. The organization seems to be making a very aggressive push to recruit the many new, young residents in Logan. Tell us about that.

Christensen: We’re determined to engage Millennials and succeeding generations. The key is to meet everyone where they are and offer opportunities to engage that are appealing. Maybe sitting in weeknight meetings isn’t the wave of the future. One way or another, we need to encourage everyone to shun anonymity and be an active participant in the community. Opportunities for service abound, and we want to tap into that potential.

Borderstan: Favorite places to eat and hang out?

Christensen: Stoney’s! And for fine dining, Cork Wine Bar, with frequent forays to Estadio, Masa 14 and Pearl Dive. Commissary is also a fun place for hanging out.

Borderstan: What are the Top 3 things you love about Logan Circle?

Christensen: (1) The welcoming, inclusive “village” appeal. (2) Logan Circle Park and our fabulous tree canopy (thanks, Marc Fallow and the Park Service!) and (3) That cool grocery store just around the corner on P Street

Borderstan: What have we missed?

Christensen: I was recently quoted in the New York Times as saying I would leave Logan Circle when the last pawnshop and storefront deli closed. Actually, I have no intention of moving, but would rue the day that Logan lost all its grit. The urban downtown vibe is part of what sets us apart and we don’t want to lose that.

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by Borderstan.com June 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,227 0

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Square 242 and the Logan Circle Community Association celebrated during their annual alley party on Saturday evening, June 2. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Last Saturday Square 242 and the Logan Circle Community Association got together to celebrate their annual Alley Party. A pot luck of food and beverages. plus music and dancing made for a wonderful evening of getting to know neighbors and see old friends.

The Logan Circle Community Association, Church Key, Whole Foods, Barrel House, W. Millar & Co, Ghana Cafe, Popeyes and Fathom Creative were sponsors of the event. It was organized by Square 242 Block Captain Doll Gordon (with Councilmember Jack Evans as a guest). The party is held in an alley just south of the 1300 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW.

As the organization’s website notes, “Square 242 is a unique, historic block in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC. It is bordered by 14th Street, Vermont Avenue, and Rhode Island Avenue, NW.” The block in an odd shape is home to business and residential buildings and reflects the diversity of the neighborhood.

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by Borderstan.com May 11, 2012 at 9:30 am 1,455 1 Comment

The Logan Circle Community Association(LCCA) is sponsoring an education event tomorrow, Saturday, May 12, at 10 am. In the upstairs space at Stoney’s (1433 P Street NW), a  panel will discuss education issues from a local perspective. There will also be a short LCCA update.

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Stoney's is at 1433 P Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The panel will consist of parents from local DC Public Schools (Garrison, Marie Reed, Ross, Cleveland ES and others). They will discuss issues including entering your child in your in-boundary school as well as pre-school, pre-K and 1st Grade expectations. There will be plenty of time for questions from attendees.

“We plan to hold these Saturday meeting once a month — this is our third such meeting,” said Jim Sullivan of LCCA.  It is called ‘Saturday Morning in Logan Circle.’  The purpose to introduce younger or new community members to the LCCA — parents, young professionals, etc. In addition to education-related issues, we plan on discussing current LCCA-related events that are also discussed at our LCAA monthly meetings on Wednesdays,” said Sullivan.

About LCCA

LCCA was established in 1972. It represents the Greater Logan Circle area, bounded by S Street to the north, K Street to the south, 9th Street to the east and 16th Street to the west. Membership is open to anyone who resides or owns a business or property within its boundaries. The organization holds monthly meetings and and isinvolved with a number of neighborhood-related issues. For more information, contact LCCA President Tim Christensen at tim.christensen[AT]logancircle.org.

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by Borderstan.com February 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,372 0

Moms in Logan Circle, Whole Foods, Borderstan

A pre-Valentine’s Day party for kids: Joelle Myers (left with daughter) and Evelyn Boyd Simmons (with daughter) helped organize the event at Whole Foods on P Street. (Borderstan)

A Saturday afternoon party for toddlers and kids on the mezzanine at Logan Circle Whole Foods brought out several dozen families from the Logan Circle area. From 11 am to 2 pm, they enjoyed refreshments, Valentine Card making, cookie decorating and face painting.

The event was organized by Moms in Logan Circle with help from the Logan Circle Whole Foods on P Street NW and the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA).

Joelle Myers of Moms in Logan Circle said, “Evelyn had spoken to Whole Foods after our Little Goblins Halloween Parade and they said they’d be interested in doing something again. So Evelyn and I worked together to put on this Valentine’s day event. Our guests were the children and  families of Moms in Logan Circle, of which we are both members.”

Whole Foods provided the venue, food, and beverages and sponsored the cookie decorating activity. LCCA and Mandy and David real estate team sponsored the face painter; Mandy and David  covered the crafts and decorations.

Several local officials also stopped by to help out and greet the families: ANC2F Chair Mike Benardo, Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Ward 2 School Board Representative Mary Lord.

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by Borderstan.com November 26, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,590 0

The statue of U.S. General and Senator John A. Logan in D.C.’s Logan Circle NW. He was from Illinois. (Borderstan)

The Details

Properties on Tour

  1. 1501 14th Street NW (Studio Theatre, tour check-in, ticket purchases and  Wassail Reception)
  2. 4 Logan Circle NW
  3. 1339 14th Street NW (three homes)
  4. 1335 Vermont Avenue NW
  5. 1319 Naylor Court NW
  6. 1909 12th Street NW
  7. 1201 T Street NW
  8. 1740 13th Street
  9. 1722 13th Street NW
  10. 1309 and 1313 R Street NW
  11. 1436 Q Street, NW
  12. 1444 Church Street NW #703

Buy Tickets

Buy tickets online through EventBrite or at one of these local stores for $25. You can also buy tickets on December 4 at the Studio Theatre for $30 starting at noon (2nd floor of 14th Street entrance).
  • Azi’s Café, 1336 9th Street NW
  • Axis Salon, 1509 Connecticut Avenue NW
  • Barrel House Liquor, 1341 14th Street NW
  • Logan Hardware, 1416 P Street NW
  • 5th Street Ace Hardware, 1055 5th Street NW

by Borderstan.com February 7, 2011 at 5:30 am 1,521 0

DC's Garrison Elemntary School, 12th & S NW (Luis Gomez Photos)

Garrison Elementary School is at 12th and S Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email.

Anyone who has lived in Logan Circle for more than 10 years can attest to one of the most noticeable changes in the demographics of the neighborhood: the arrival of children. Baby strollers along 14th Street and high chairs in Logan Tavern on P Street are commonplace and no longer turn heads. As the popularity and convenience of Logan increases, couples aren’t automatically departing to the suburbs once children arrive.

Ann McLeod, president of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) at Garrison Elementary School at 12th and S Streets NW in Logan Circle, summed up the feelings of families with young children who choose to stay put:

“We are city people — moving to Virginia or Maryland was not even considered. Moving to upper Northwest was not even considered — we want to be able to walk to the grocery store, to restaurants, to shops.”

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