Diamond in the Rough

During the 1950s, the neighborhood went into decline, and many of the homes became boarding and rooming houses of disputed quality (or even ill-repute), or were simply boarded up. But, beginning in the 1960s, and more in earnest in the 1970s, new residents began to rehabilitate the fine Victorian homes in the area. Today, the neighborhood is really taking off. Renovations are underway at every turn, including even the grandest of them all:  Logan Circle #1&2. According to the Washington Post, home sales jumped 25 percent between 1997 and 1998; in a recent  article, staff writer Deirdre Davidson waxed rhapsodic over Logan Circle's "splendors" - not to mention home buying opportunities. And  UTNE Reader  has called  U Street (our northern neighbor) one of the ten "hippest" spots in the United States. It's all part of the continuing trend toward a successful revitalization--a renaissance--for this elegant and historic corner of Washington DC. The Logan Circle Historic District was recognized and designated a DC Landmark District on March 28, 1972. On June 6 of that year, it was listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.