Connecticut Avenue Issues: Resources and Studies

The CPHS board and staff have been following closely the conversations taking place in the neighborhood about the stresses on our Connecticut Avenue commercial district. We have been attending, and will continue to participate in, meetings with neighborhood organizations and merchants to explore ways to support neighborhood businesses and revitalize Connecticut Avenue.

Our Preservation Task Force (PTF), a newly-formed committee of the board, is studying the issues involved from a historic preservation perspective. The PTF’s mandate is to make recommendations to the board on preservation-related policies and advocacy. The PTF includes five members of the board, including two ARC members. Contact the PTF by email. 

While discussions are ongoing, we wanted to share as much useful information as we can to help inform the conversation, including historical, historic preservation, and zoning information, and studies commissioned by neighborhood and DC organizations. We will continue to update this post with more resources.
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Talk: Origins of the Humane Movement in Washington, DC, June 26

1892 Washington Humane Society Ambulance

Join us for a free talk by local historian Hayden Wetzel, A Matter of Mercy: The Beginnings of the Humane Movement in Washington, DC. Wetzel will discuss the early years of the Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League. This talk draws on his book-length study, Mangy Curs and Stoned Horses: Animal Control in the District of Columbia from the Beginnings to About 1940.

WHEN: Monday, June 26, 2017, at 7:30 pm

WHERE: The Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell St., NW

HOW TO REGISTER: The talk is free, but we are asking people to register so we can be sure we have enough seating. Register using the form below or at .

Support the Humane Rescue Alliance with in-kind donations: The evening of the talk, we will be collecting donations of goods that DC’s animal shelter, the Humane Rescue Alliance, needs for the animals in its care. The Humane Rescue Alliance is the new name for the merged Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League. CPHS’s director will be taking a carload of donated goods to HRA’s Oglethorpe Adoption Center the morning after the talk. To see HRA’s wishlist for in-kind donations, visit Questions? Email Carin at

About the speaker: Hayden M. Wetzel is a retired federal worker and former archivist of the DC Public Schools who has been active in historic preservation (chiefly through the DC Preservation League) since 2000. He has submitted fifteen nominations to the District for the landmarking of buildings in all parts of the city and has published studies on Urban Renewal Parks in Southwest Washington and on the history of Buzzard Point.

CPHS Board News and New Preservation Task Force

Annual Meeting Talk

At our annual meeting on May 22nd, we had a great talk by Tom Moriarity on preservation and retail development in our Connecticut Avenue corridor. His recommendation that Cleveland Park form a Business Improvement District or Main Street Program to bring funding and professional support to neighborhood placemaking and businesses is being actively pursued by business owners and community organization leaders. CPHS is eager to support these efforts.

New Board Members

The membership elected four new board members, Polly Ghazi, Valerie Leonard, Rick Nash, and Jonny Sultoon. We owe a big vote of thanks to retiring board members John Buchanan, Ana Evans, and Gwen Wright, and to current board members Shannon Penberthy, Myra Best, and Mary Jane Glass, who made the annual meeting possible by providing refreshments and doing all the setup and cleanup.

New Preservation Task Force

At a followup meeting in June, the board reelected officers and established a new committee, the Preservation Task Force (PTF). The PTF will make recommendations to the board on matters of ongoing concern that are not covered by the Architectural Review Committee’s project review mandate, such as advocacy with DC Council and agencies, prevention of demolition by neglect, Connecticut Avenue corridor issues, etc. Contact the PTF at

Read board biographies and updated board and committee rosters at

Pics from March 9th Visit to the Historical Society of Washington

Thanks to Anne McDonough, HSW’s Director of Library Collections (and photographer) for these pics! We had a great time looking at CPHS’s archives, Kathy Wood’s photo collection, Baist real estate atlases, city directories, property records of Uriah Forrest, and more. We’ll schedule another of these visits later this year if there’s interest from our members.

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For Architectural Review Committee agendas, click on the meeting date in the calendar in the left sidebar. Agendas are normally posted at the end of the week preceding the monthly meeting.

Architectural Review Committee Report: June 2017

ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Lois Orr, David Kay, Stefan Hurray, Danny Ince, Phil Eagleburger, Anne Weir, and Ron … [Read More...]

Architectural Review Committee Report: May 2017

ARC Members attending: Phil Eagleburger, Tina Mead, Danny Ince, Anne Weir, Ron Ngiam, Win Brown, Stefan Hurray, and David Kay. Also … [Read More...]

Architectural Review Committee Report: April 2017

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, April 10, 2017 REPORT ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, … [Read More...]

Architectural Review Committee Report: March 2017

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, March 13, 2017 REPORT ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, … [Read More...]


Rural Remnants of Washington County: Download the Report

We had a fascinating talk on February 9th by Kim Williams of the DC Historic Preservation Office on her research on houses and outbuildings that remain from before the "suburban" development of Washington's outer neighborhoods. If you missed the talk, or if you'd like to … [Read More...]

Takeaways from Catarina Bannier’s Kit House Talk

Kit house expert Catarina Bannier gave a great talk to a very engaged audience who braved the storm to hear her on Tuesday night, June 23rd. Below are some links and the flyer Catarina provided, plus a few of the slides from her talk. Catarina is working on a book on kit … [Read More...]

What is the Period of Significance and what does it mean for Cleveland Park?

In the Cleveland Park Historic District, buildings built between 1880 and 1941 have the full protection of the District of Columbia’s historic preservation ordinance, the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act (1978). Those built in 1942 or after do not. Thus … [Read More...]

Where Was Grover Cleveland’s House?

Here at CPHS, we've received quite a flurry of queries from neighbors recently about where Grover Cleveland's house was. We're not sure what prompted the sudden interest,* but it seemed like a good topic for a blog post. … [Read More...]