I grew up just about 45 minutes outside of D.C. in Columbia, Maryland. Although it was just a quick car ride from the city, it was rare that we would take the time to come in and explore what D.C. had to offer. As I grew older, my interest in politics grew as well, and it became clear to me that Washington, D.C. was the perfect place for me to settle down and start my adult life. After leaving the area for college, I returned upon graduation in 2005, and I now realize it’s unlikely that I will ever leave. Between the people, the historic sights, the parks, the restaurants, and the professional opportunities, D.C. is the place for me. Over four years ago, I made the move to the Logan Circle neighborhood of D.C. Previously I was living in the sleepy area of Foggy Bottom, and I was ready to be walking distance to local shops, restaurants, and culture. Logan Circle has been an ever-changing neighborhood over the past few decades, with the majority of the changes happening around the mid 1990s. However, the history runs all the way back to the late 1800s. The majority of the Victorian townhomes along the circle were built between 1875-1900, and today, Logan Circle remains the only all-residential circle in Washington, D.C. The circle is named after Major General John Alexander Logan, who was also a state senator from Illinois.
watching young families enjoy the best of city living. I love to walk up and down the blocks admiring the beautiful homes, and the tree-lined streets. My first stop is normally BakeHouse for my morning coffee. BakeHouse was opened by Niall Cooper and Lindsay Morse in 2013, via inspiration from living on a small island in Georgia with a lack of bakeries. As a result of this deprivation, Lindsey decided to develop recipes and learn to make beautiful sweet treats which can now be enjoyed daily at their shop. They serve an array of baked goods such as apricot and chevre scones (my favorite), and homemade biscuits with butter and jam; as well as Zeke’s Coffee which is a small batch roastery based in Baltimore. After starting my day at BakeHouse with an iced latte, I then continue along by popping my head in at Redeem to search for beautiful clothes from independent designers. I also love to stop in at The Coffee Bar, which was opened in late 2012 by Cait
Today, the area has an eclectic mix of modern and industrial buildings that joined the neighborhood in the early 2000s, as well as gorgeous old rowhouses with character and charm that are hard to ignore. The mix of the old and new is one of the things that I treasure most about my neighborhood. The newest Dolcezza Gelato just opened on the corner of 14th and P Streets NW in a building that was constructed in 1878. Owners Robb Duncan and Violeta Edelman worked tirelessly to keep the integrity of the building, while, at the same time, creating a modern space for people to enjoy coffee and gelato. Ari Gejdenson, owner of Ghibellina, which opened on 14th Street in 2013, worked off of a photograph from 1920 to restore the facade of his restaurant to what it had looked like–a tire store. That was back when the area was known as “auto row” because of the many car dealerships that ran along the street. Even as the neighborhood turns, the small businesses that line the streets of Logan Circle continue to pay homage to its rich history. On any given Saturday, I can stroll along 14th Street or around the circle bumping into friends, or
Published on Sep 1, 2014
Published on Sep 1, 2014
The Fall 2014 Issue highlights the Logan Circle neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and shows off the perfect way to enjoy the season with thin...