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Logan Circle, Philadelphia

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Historic Site Landmark
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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  • We walked through here on the way back to central Philly after leaving the East State Pen. It is a nice green area.  more »
  • We stayed at a hotel within walking distance of Logan circle. During the day is the best time to visit as the sun goes down the homeless typically take over a bench and sometimes approach you looking ...  more »
  • On my way to the Free Library and past the majestic Swann Fountain in Logan Circle I came across a marker that caught my attention since it outlines the Circle’s history. It begins with William Penn’s...  more »