Images of America: Logan, Scott & Thomas Circles
From the farm and orchard lands of the mid 1880s to the Civil War encampments, from modest wood frame homes to vast residences of Victorian splendor, the area surrounding the closely located Logan, Scott and Thomas Circles has for many years been at the center of a rich history. Comprising a diverse architectural and social heritage, these neighborhoods have played a part in the great story of the capital city and have been home to the workingman and woman, the wealthy, the middle class, and the politically powerful alike.
Following their use as the site of hangman's gallows for Civil War traitors, all three circles evolved into lush parks surrounding by the elegant, Victorian-era homes that housed nearly all of the nation's elite by the 1890s. Prior to the turn of the twentieth century, these neighborhoods were home to Washington's most influential citizens - pioneers and politicians, generals and industrialists - and, in the 1930s, to well-known leaders of the city's African American community, such as Mary McCloud Bethune and Bishop Charles M. "Sweet Daddy" Grace. Logan Circle survives much as it was today, but many readers will not recognize the early homes, now long gone, that once surrounded Scott and Thomas Circles and have since been replaced by office buildings, hotels, and commercial establishments. Fortunately, a compelling visual record of the development of Logan, Scott and Thomas Circles remains.