Cleveland Park is a National Register Historic District in Washington, D.C. The neighborhood developed as a “streetcar suburb” of Washington from the 1890s and contains a remarkable variety of architecture as well as designed and natural landscapes from the 18th to 20th centuries.

Cleveland Park became a National Register Historic District in 1987. Download the nomination here (text) and here (pictures). The DC Historic Preservation Office’s brochure about Cleveland Park gives an excellent overview of Cleveland Park’s history.

The Cleveland Park Historical Society (CPHS) is the neighborhood’s historic preservation and local history organization, working to preserve our legacy of architectural and landscape design. Everyone is welcome to become a member!


The ongoing discussions over redrawing Advisory Neighborhood Commission boundaries still leaves Cleveland Park at serious risk of being split in two. This would be disastrous for the neighborhood and the Historic District and is contrary to the DC Council’s stated intentions to maintain neighborhood cohesiveness.

A Redistricting Task Force has recommended a proposal for new Ward 3 ANC boundaries that would split Cleveland Park into two ANCs, using 34th Street as an east/west dividing line.

Why does this matter?

For the first time, the Historic District would be split into two ANCs significantly weakening CPHS and other citizen groups voices on matters of traffic, zoning, and historic preservation.  The impact on residents is even greater.  Cleveland Park will suffer if important neighborhood matters involving our public elementary school, infrastructure, and environmental issues are no longer considered holistically.  For example, if 34th Street is considered the neighborhood “border,” how much more complicated will it be to get multiple ANCs to agree on traffic safety measures near John Eaton School?  How will we comprehensively address significant runoff and infrastructure issues on the east side of Cleveland Park that originate up the hill on the west side of Cleveland Park?  Will we still have consistent ANC focus on public safety, fire protection, the library, and preserving the tree canopy in Cleveland Park? It’s very unclear what the advantages of the split would be but very clear that it’s a convoluted idea which will make Ward 3 government less effective and more challenging.

There is a viable alternative map created by a coalition of community groups from Ward 3 (including CPHS and Cleveland Park Citizens Association) that keeps Cleveland Park in one ANC. This Neighborhood Voices group submitted its balanced-population alternative to the DC Council Redistricting Committee.

We appreciate that Council Redistricting Subcommittee Chair Elissa Silverman and Subcommittee and Council Member Anita Bonds met with concerned Ward 3 and Cleveland Park citizens in a discussion session on May 7 at the Cleveland Park library.  A large group of members of our community explained in detail to the Council Members and staff why the Ward 3 Redistricting Task Force proposal is so problematic and why changes should be made in the approach.

What Can You Do?

Please act now to express your opposition to the Task Force proposal to split the CP ANC and recommend Council give attention to alternative plans such as proposed by the Neighborhood Voices coalition! There were DC Redistricting Subcommittee hearings on April 7 and 23 at which CPHS representatives and many other concerned Ward 3 residents detailed the serious problems.

Now, with the Council Redistricting Subcommittee closing the public record on May 13, is the time to write to the DC Council to express your opposition to the split of Cleveland Park and your support for keeping our cohesive neighborhood within a single ANC. Even after May 13, you could write to other members of the DC Council, especially Chair Phil Mendelson. The Council can change the proposal by amending the bill that Council Member Silverman submits. It needs to see the overwhelming opposition to the Task Force’s map and very strong support for keeping Cleveland Park together. If you agree with the Neighborhood Voices alternative map, state your support in your comments to Council.

Important email addresses:
All written statements: Redistricting@dccouncil.us

DC Council Redistricting Subcommittee:
Elissa Silverman, chair esilverman@dccouncil.us
Christina Henderson chenderson@dccouncil.us
Anita Bonds abonds@dccouncil.us
Ward 3 Council Member Mary Cheh mcheh@dccouncil.us
DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson pmendelson@dccouncil.us

Additional info about the Redistricting Initiative https://www.elissasilverman.com/redistricting

We live in a great neighborhood! Let’s keep it together!

UPDATE: A New Life for the Uptown?

UPDATE: The Historic Landmark nomination submitted in 2020 by CPHS and DCPL will be heard by the Historic Preservation Review Board on May 26,2022.  While the theater has been protected since 1987 as a contributing structure in the Cleveland Park Historic District, separate landmark status would bring a higher level of scrutiny and protection to the Uptown’s exterior.

The art deco Uptown Theater, which closed in March 2020 when AMC Theaters left the space, might become a Landmark Theater. The iconic building’s owners, the Pedas family, are in discussions with Landmark Theaters about taking over the space. The company is the largest movie theatre chain in the U.S. dedicated to exhibiting independent and foreign films. It’s pretty exciting news, and Cleveland Park is abuzz in anticipation.

CPHS’s Save the Uptown committee has been engaged since September 2020 in an effort to preserve this centerpiece of our historic commercial district. There are many details for the two parties to work out, though, as the Uptown needs renovation work and currently lacks a projector and sound equipment. A liquor license has been approved for the site – beer and wine are sold at Landmark’s E Street and Bethesda Row locations.

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Read about historic preservation review procedures and get all the contact info you need on this page.

For questions about the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) or to request a place on the next ARC meeting agenda,
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For ARC reports and agendas, see links below.

ARC Report for May 2022

Monday, May 9, 2022 ARC Members attending:   Christine Hobbs, Ron Ngiam, Phil Eagleburger, Ana Evan, Danny Ince, Anne Weir, and David Kay. Also attending were Bonnie LaPard, President, Cleveland Park
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ARC Agenda for May 9 2022 Meeting

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, May 9, 2022 Meeting to be conducted via Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89396010342   AGENDA 7:30 pm 3019
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ARC Report for April 2022

Monday, April 11, 2022 ARC Members attending:   Christine Hobbs, Ron Ngiam, Stefan Hurray, Phil Eagleburger, Tina Mead, and David Kay. Also attending was Camilla Carpenter, Executive Director,
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ARC Agenda for April 11, 2022

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, April 11, 2022 Meeting to be conducted via Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83684764027 AGENDA 7:30 pm 3433
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