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!

Planning Work on your Cleveland Park Historic District property?

Bringing Art to Eaton Elementary

DCPL has announced the following:

The DC Department of General Services has launched a “Call for Artists” (link to DGS’s RRQ Solicitation). Interested artists can apply by February 26th to have their artwork showcased in the final modernized facility.

Also, DCPS is looking for 8-12 interested members of Eaton’s community to serve on the artist selection panel. You must be available for at least one full day during the week April 12-16th, 2021 for the review panel. Sign-ups will close when the max 12 members are reached, or by March 5. Selection will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up today!


The DC Office of Planning (OP) has proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map which guide future zoning and land use decisions. The amendments have the potential to forever change our historic district.  READ THE CPHS STATEMENT HERE

On October 27th, CPHS hosted a virtual discussion with DC Council member Mary Cheh, ANC Commissioner Nancy MacWood, and former HPRB and Zoning chair Tersh Boasberg about the proposed DC Comprehensive Plan and amendments.  It was a robust discussion, and we thank everyone who joined us!

If you missed the event, you can watch it here (Part 1) and here (Part 2)

UPDATE: Closure of Uptown Theater

UPDATE as of 11/6/2020: The DC Preservation League and the Cleveland Park Historical Society have filed with the Historic Preservation Office a nomination to grant the Uptown Theater historic landmark status.  The Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) will consider the nomination in the near future. Read the nomination here.

In March, AMC Theatres terminated its relationship with the Uptown Theater. At the moment, we know of no specific plans for the future of Cleveland Park’s historic theater, but we will keep you posted on what we are able to learn.  For an article in the Washington Post about this news, go to this link.   To read about the history of our Historic District’s most iconic structure, go to this link.

Upcoming Events


08mar7:30 pmARC Meeting


12apr7:30 pmARC Meeting


10may7:30 pmARC Meeting


14jun7:30 pmARC Meeting

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ARC Report for February 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021 ARC Members attending:   Christine Hobbs, Ron Ngiam, Stefan Hurray, Phil Eagleburger, Ana Evans, Lois Orr, Danny Ince, Tina Mead, Win Brown, David Kay, and Anne Weir. Also
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ARC Report for December 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020 ARC Members attending:   Christine Hobbs, Ron Ngiam, Stefan Hurray, Phil Eagleburger, Ana Evans, Lois Orr, Danny Ince, Tina Mead, Win Brown, and Anne Weir. Also attending
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ARC Agenda for December 14th Meeting

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, December 14, 2020 Meeting to be conducted via Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82990501338 AGENDA (start times are
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ARC Report for November 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020 ARC Members attending:   Christine Hobbs, Ron Ngiam, Stefan Hurray, Phil Eagleburger, Ana Evans, Lois Orr, Danny Ince (present for Washington International School
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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..

For ARC reports and agendas, see links below.