Friday, December 01, 2006

Logan Circle House Tour This Weekend


The 28th Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour will be held on Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. This year’s tour will feature a variety of Victorian homes and modern lofts in the neighborhood. The homes on the Logan Circle tour were chosen because they represent a mix of historical tradition and a modern style of living.

The tour is expected to draw over 1,200 visitors from the Washington, DC metro area. Tickets will be sold for $15 in advance at the Logan Circle Community Association Web site ( or at the following locations: Logan Hardware, 1416 P Street; Vastu, 1829 14th Street; Home Rule, 1807 14th Street; Barrel House Liquor, 1341 14th Street; Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Avenue; Dragonfly Design D├ęcor, 1457 Church Street. Tickets can also be purchased for $20 the day of the event at 1324 Vermont Avenue, NW.

As in years past, tour participants are welcome to join Logan Circle neighbors and new friends at a Wassail reception hosted at the Studio Theater, at 14th and P Street from 3:00 pm until 5:30 pm the day of the tour.

“As you visit Logan's stately Victorians, first built in the 1870s, you will also be captivated by the contemporary lofts on the tour this year,” says Linda Sheaffer, who is chairing the tour.

The grand-dame on the tour this year is 11 Logan Circle (the United House of Prayer Museum), a three-and-a-half story Romanesque Revival building represents a rich eclecticism. The restoration of this landmark "parsonage" has recently been completed. The exterior has been restored to 1889 condition, and the interior furnished to represent its condition during the period of occupancy by Bishop Grace.

Three distinctive apartments at Lofts 14, 1401 Church Street, are included on the tour this year. John Taylor’s custom-designed loft features wall-to-wall glass, 14-foot ceilings, and six sets of double doors leading out to a 1300-square-foot terrace (complete with a water feature) which makes the already generous space feel even larger. Both the living and dining rooms feature antique art, some of which has been collected by the owner on his international travels. There is a magnificent 17th century Flemish tapestry and also 18th and 19th century oil paintings throughout the house. The chandelier over the table is another of the owner’s antique treasures.

Logan Circle’s 50 square blocks are rich in history, architecture and a vibrant mixture of residents, galleries and businesses. This community takes pride in its diversity and activism, which combine to reflect the best of city living.

The Logan Circle Community Association, established in 1972, has achieved a remarkable record of steadily improving the environment and the quality of life in the Logan Circle area. Proceeds from this year’s Logan Circle House Tour will be used for beautification projects throughout the neighborhood.
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