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!


In May, the DC Council Redistricting Subcommittee approved a revised Ward 3 map that placed most of the Cleveland Park Historic District within a single ANC.  While not perfect (the western side of the Historic District will be in a different ANC), it is an improvement over the Task Force map.

More recently, DC Council Chair Mendelson proposed a revised Ward 3 map that would have kept all of Cleveland Park in a single ANC.  On June 7, the DC Council voted against it, approving instead a slightly revised version of the Sub-committee map.  You can find it here.

We thank all of our members who did so much to try to keep our neighborhood intact!

Register for an Office of Planning Community Walk

Register to take a DC Office of Planning Community Walk.  Make your voice heard!

On June 22 and June 25, join a Connecticut Avenue Community Walk organized by the DC Office of Planning and project team to share information about the planning project and listen to the ideas and priorities of the community. This is your chance to let the city know how you feel about future development of the Connecticut Avenue Commercial Corridor, most of which is part of the Historic District.  The walk will start outside the Cleveland Park Metro Station (3524 Connecticut Avenue) and will cover a one-mile stretch between Porter Street and Calvert Street NW.  Registration is required here.

The DC Office of Planning describes the Connecticut Avenue Development Guidelines as a neighborhood planning effort focused on the Cleveland Park and Woodley Park neighborhoods and is part of a broader Rock Creek West Corridors Planning initiative outlined in the 2021 Rock Creek West Road Map. The planning process is led by the DC Office of Planning (OP) and is intended to implement the Comprehensive Plan Act of 2021, particularly where land use designations have been updated along Connecticut Ave.

The stated goal of the Development Guidelines is to “determine how to support the need for additional housing, particularly affordable housing, in these high-capacity transit nodes while allowing for development that is compatible in character with the established historic districts. The effort will be undertaken in collaboration with OP’s Historic Preservation Office and the Historic Preservation Review Board to determine how design can both support the historic districts and meet the new land use designations provided in the updated Comprehensive Plan.”

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Become a Member

Everyone is welcome to join CPHS! Click here to join or renew securely online


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,
email CPHS staff..

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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