The 5pm Post – Logan Circle House Tour Sunday

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lauren PM

Anyone ever go in a previous year? From an email:

“The 33rd Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour will be held Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year’s theme, Restoration & Renewal, reflects the revitalization of the Logan Circle neighborhood and the ongoing improvements that continue to define the community as a premiere place to visit and live.

More than 10 unique properties that represent a mix of historical architecture and modern renovations will be open to the public for a self-guided tour. Relish the architecture, interior design, and art during an afternoon of sights as well as live music and a Wassail Reception with refreshments at the Studio Theatre at 14th and P Streets from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. the day of the event.

“The Logan Circle neighborhood has undergone and continues to undergo tremendous change.” says Dara Duguay, 2011 House Tour Chairperson. “This change has been very positive for the community as homes are being restored and new businesses are opening. As you walk around the neighborhood, you can just feel the vibrancy.”

On the tour is an 1800’s Victorian home that has been restored to its original grandeur by recent owners while adding a striking contemporary touch throughout. Also featured this year is an 1877 home built in Second Empire Style that was remodeled in the 1980s and boasts much of the original interior detail including its wood moldings and a graceful, curved staircase which ascends toward the skylight overhead.

For a more modern feel, tour-goers can visit The Metro on picturesque Church Street. The penthouse features a unique, sun-drenched open living space and views to the East and West. The owners made judicious use of glass furniture to give the room a more open feel, including a glass dining table.

Tickets for the House Tour can be purchased in advance for $25 at the Logan Circle Community Association web site ( via Eventbrite or on the day of the tour at the Studio Theatre, 14th and P Streets for $30. Pre-sales tickets holders can check-in and start the tour at the Studio Theatre.

Washington Fine Properties is the Platinum sponsor for the 2011 tour. Advance tickets will also be sold at the following locations: Azi’s Café, 1336 9th St.; Axis Salon,1509, Connecticut Ave.; Barrel House Liquor, 1341 14th Street; Logan Hardware, 1416 P Street; and 5th Street Ace Hardware, 1055 5th St.

Logan Circle’s 50 square blocks are rich in history, architecture and a vibrant mixture of residents, art galleries and businesses. Since 1978 the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) hosts the annual house tour. The proceeds from which continue the LCCA’s philanthropic and community development efforts throughout the neighborhood. To find out more about LCCA, go to”

12 Comment

  • I’ve been on the Logan Circle Tour a number of times in years past. It’s a unique chance to see inside some of the new loft space and the Victorians take you back in time…The art is very eclectic and kitchen renovations are spectacular. One can dream, right?

  • Just to clarify: You can buy tickets and give yourself the tour anytime between 1-5pm, correct? Thanks!

  • 25-30 bucks seems kind of steep: where does all that money go?

  • To those who haven’t been before, just be sure you have very sturdy walking shoes and warm clothing. Sometimes the wind picks up in the evening. The tour is self guided. Unless they’ve changed the rules you cannot bring food, drink, baby strollers or pets into the homes or take pictures. Use common sense if bringing babies and young children. Many of the homes (particularly the stairways) are narrow and can get crowded and you may have to climb 3 or 4 levels to see an entire house. Don’t lose your ticket or tour booklet. That’s how they mark you off to show that you’ve been to a house. Hopefully the weather will be beautiful.

  • I think we could charge $35/head for a tour of Petworth homes. People would flock here in droves!!!!

  • Start with $25 and go up. That’s what Bloomingdale charges.

  • Thanks for the question about how the Logan Circle Community Association spends its annual budget! We spend carefully, and here are a few examples:

    -We provided financial support for expanding the Logan Circle Historic District.
    -We paid for the tree boxes constructed on 14th Street.
    -We are currently working on the Logan Circle Heritage Trail, which will require funds for the tour brochure and audio tour.
    -We contribute to efforts to improve the public schools in the neighborhood so that more families don’t feel forced to move when their children reach school age.
    -We convene nine meetings, a picnic, and a celebratory potluck annually for community members, all of which involve some expenses for food and supplies. Please join us!
    -We make charitable donations to local charities.
    -We expend nominal sums for supplies, accounting, insurance, and Web services.
    -And, while all the labor for the House Tour is donated (that includes graphic design by Bussolati Associates, flower arrangements by Flowers on 14th, Studio Theatre facilities and staff, and most of the refreshments at the reception), we do have some out-of-pocket expenses for printing the poster, tickets, and brochure and other miscellaneous items.

    I hope this helps.

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