Originally Iowa Circle, Logan Circle was renamed to honor white Civil War General John A. Logan. After the Civil War the circle and its environs were fully developed with an array of lavish Victorian houses. By the 1920s, these grand structures had attracted writers and artists. Art shows and other community events took place within the circle itself. These quiet streets, part of the Logan Circle Historic District, inspired artist Alma Thomas and attracted nationally known evangelist "Sweet Daddy" Grace.