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—some of ill repute–or simply abandoned and boarded up. But, beginning in the 1960s, and more in earnest in the 1970s, adventurous residents began to rehabilitate the fine but decrepit Victorian homes in the area, stepping in where former residents had sought better lots, homes, and schools in the Washington suburbs. Today, the neighborhood has nearly reached the pinnacle of reinvigoration. Renovations are underway at every turn and construction has nearly filled all vacant lots. The community association and residents are actively collaborating with DC Public Schools to revitalize the local Garrison Elementary school, a reconstituted middle school, and a renaissance at Cardozo High School.

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.


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