Logan Circle

City square takes shape on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Logan Circle on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC


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Centrally located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Logan Circle was originally known as Northwest Square, one of the original five squares on William Penn's 1682 plan for Philadelphia. Until the 19th century, the site was used for public executions and as a burial plot. In 1825, the space was renamed Logan Square in honor of statesman James Logan. Nearly 100-years later during the construction of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, architect Jacques Gréber redesigned the square large into a traffic circle similar to the Place de la Concorde.

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