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!

A New Life for the Uptown?

Could it be? Yes, it could. 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. We are hopeful that these talks continue in a positive direction. 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. In support of this effort, the ANC3C commissioners recently voted to approve giving Landmark a liquor license. Beer and wine are sold at Landmark’s E Street and Bethesda Row locations.

And there’s more: in October 2020, CPHS co-sponsored the DC Preservation League’s landmark nomination of the Uptown. 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 Historic Preservation Office has assured CPHS that the landmark application will be taken up early in 2022.


Now is the time to become a 2022 member of the Cleveland Park Historical Society!

WHY JOIN?  WE WORK TO PRESERVE CLEVELAND PARK’S HISTORY: CPHS honors Cleveland Park’s unique legacy of architectural and landscape design.  We work with DC agencies and nonprofits on architectural and historic preservation issues that affect Cleveland Park and its historic district, which is designated on the National Register of Historic Places.

WE ADVOCATE FOR THOUGHTFUL GROWTH: Thoughtful growth prioritizes good design and respect for Cleveland Park’s historic architecture and streetscape while being mindful of the city’s obligation to meet its future economic needs. 

WE SHARE OUR EXPERTISE: CPHS is here to answer any questions you have about house history, neighborhood history and architecture.

WE PROVIDE USEFUL INFORMATION: CPHS will help guide you through DC’s historic preservation review process for properties in the Cleveland Park Historic District.

WE ARE A COMMUNITY: CPHS offers talks, tours, field trips, educational programs and other activities that bring neighbors together to explore and celebrate our neighborhood and local history.

CPHS is wholly supported by your membership dues and donations.  JOIN TODAY by going to this link


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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.

CPHS Seeks Historian/Researcher

The Cleveland Park Historical Society (CPHS) is seeking a historian to conduct research on the history of racial equity in the area comprising the Cleveland Park Historic District.  Reporting to the
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ARC Report for January 2022

Monday, January 10, 2022 ARC Members attending:   Christine Hobbs, Ron Ngiam, Stefan Hurray, Danny Ince, Ana Evans, Phil Eagleburger, Tina Mead, David Kay, Anne Weir, and Win Brown. Also attending
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ARC Agenda for January 10, 2022

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, January 10, 2022 Meeting to be conducted via Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83329851331 Plans submitted to HPO can
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ARC Report for November 2021

Monday, November 8, 2021 ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Ron Ngiam, Stefan Hurray, Danny Ince, Ana Evans, and Win Brown. Also attending were Bonnie LePard, President, Cleveland Park
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