Cleveland Park is a National Register of Historic Places listed 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). You can also find this development history of the commercial corridor. 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!

Voices, Winter 2022 Issue

The Winter 2022 issue of Voices, the newsletter of the Cleveland Park Historical Society, is now available for download. 

Voices is published twice a year. Past issues are available here for download.

Historic House Markers

CPHS offers bronze historic house markers for houses in the Cleveland Park Historic District.  For more information and to see if your house is eligible, please click here.

CPHS Walking Tours for 2023

Newark Street Architecture
June 17, 2023. 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Join CPHS’s Camilla Carpenter and Executive Director Stephen Hansen for an historical walking tour of Cleveland Park’s iconic Newark Street – a street that embodies the architectural history of the Cleveland Park Historic District.  Over the years, Newark Street became home to almost every style of American residential architecture, from Rosedale’s colonial-period vernacular, Queen Anne, various revival styles, to Art Deco and modernism. Come and learn more about these buildings, styles, and histories.

Cleveland Park’s Sears Houses
Date: TBD

Led by CPHS member Dr. Barbara Porter, this tour will examine many of the documented Sears & Roebuck catalog houses (“kit” houses) in Cleveland Park, dating between 1911 and 1929 and representing a multiplicity of architectural styles. There will also be a discussion about the economic and social aspects of this very American phenomenon.

Tours are free to CPHS members.  Registration information for tours will be posted in spring 2023.

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17jun10:00 am12:00 pmCleveland Park Walking Tour: Newark Street Architecture

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ARC Report for November 2022

Monday, November 14, 2022 ARC Members attending:   Christine Hobbs, Phil Eagleburger, Ron Ngiam, Stefan Hurray, Ana Evans, Tina Mead, Anne Weir, Danny Ince, and Win Brown. Also attending was
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ARC Report for October 2022

Monday, October 10, 2022 ARC Members attending:   Christine Hobbs, Ron Ngiam, Stefan Hurray, Ana Evans, Tina Mead, Anne Weir, and David Kay. Also attending were Bonnie LaPard, President, Cleveland
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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,
email CPHS staff.

Check Upcoming Events for up-to-date information for the next ARC meeting. See also: ARC meeting agendas and reports.