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Logan Circle, Philadelphia
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Logan Circle, also known as Logan Square, is an open-space park in Center City Philadelphia's northwest quadrant and one of the five original planned squares laid out on the city grid. The circle itself exists within the original bounds of the square; the names Logan Square and Logan Circle are used interchangeably when referring to the park. The park is the focal point of the eponymous neighborhood.HistoryOriginally called "Northwest Square," the park was used for public executions and burial plots until the early nineteenth century. In 1825, it was renamed Logan Square after Philadelphia statesman James Logan.In June 1864, temporary buildings were built on the square and it was the site of the Great Sanitary Fair, a 2-week exposition that raised US$1,046,859 to buy medicine and bandages for Union troops during the American Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln visited the fair.Although the original bounds of the square—18th Street to the east, 20th Street to the west, Race Street to the south and Vine Street to the north—are still intact, the park today is distinguished by its circle, constructed in the 1920s as a segment of Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It was designed by Jacques Gréber, a French landscape architect who converted Logan Square into a circle similar to the oval of the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Philadelphia even modeled its Free Library and Family Court Building after the twin buildings of the Hôtel de Crillon and the Hôtel de la Marine in Paris.
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  • Maybe I had a bit of bad luck, visiting in a bad time and with many works, but I found the place a little too dirty, too messy and dangerous.
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  • Logan Circle is in the middle of the road extending from the Philadelphia City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of art. Circle in the fountain and close fraklininstiturt. Wide straight roads, buildings, including City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of art also from here.
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  • This place is really fun. The circle is adjacent to a small park (sister cities Park) which has a small open outdoor water park for kids (and adults). Water sprinklers and water ways are open to the p...  more »