Firehouse Centennial Celebration December 4th, 12–3 pm

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ARC Meeting Date Change: Next meeting is TUESDAY, December 13th

NB: The Architectural Review Committee’s December meeting will be held on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13th. This is a change from our usual Monday meeting to avoid conflicting with the rescheduled ANC meeting for that month. For more about the ARC and information on scheduling your project for a hearing, visit this page.

Gingerbread House Decorating Party is Sunday, December 11th

Our annual holiday gingerbread house decorating party returns Sunday, December 11 at the Cleveland Park Club, 3433 33rd Place, NW. There will be two decorating sessions: 1:00 to 2:30 pm and 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

gingerbread-2015-funny-facesWe provide the all the materials; just bring your imaginations!

Houses to decorate are $30 each for Cleveland Park Historical Society members and $50 each for non-members. Reserve your house using the form below. NB: One ticket = one gingerbread house. More than one child (or adult) can work on one house. Limit four houses per family. Questions? Email Carin Ruff.

Not a member yet? Click HERE to join CPHS and receive the member discount for this event as well as all our other programs through the end of 2017.

If you have any trouble with this ticket form, go to to purchase tickets.

Help Restore Cleveland Park’s Call Boxes!

Red Top call boxThe Cleveland Park Historic District is home to fifteen city police and fire call boxes that were transformed into neighborhood public art in 2009 in a CPHS project. The call boxes feature original artwork from local artists and text interpreting our neighborhood’s history and architecture.

Now these boxes and their artwork need conservation. We invite Cleveland Park residents and businesses to contribute to the restoration of the call box nearest them, or the one that represents their favorite part of the neighborhood.

Click here to read more about the project, find all the call boxes, and make a tax-deductible contribution to their restoration.

New Guide to Preservation Design Review

CPHS has published an updated procedural guide to preservation design review in Cleveland Park. Download the guide here, or view it as a web page.

If you are planning work on your historic district property or are preparing to present a project to our Architectural Review Committee, everything you need to know is there, including contact information for our ARC, ANC3C, and the DC Historic Preservation Office; sample project presentations; and links to Historic Preservation Office design guidelines.

Read the Latest Issue of Our Newsletter

Voices Summer 2016 coverThe Summer 2016 issue of Voices is being delivered this week to our members. Download the issue at this link and read about the destruction and rebuilding of 3515 Woodley Road, last spring’s Art Deco tour, “Rural Remnants of Washington County,” and more. (Past issues of Voices going back to 1987 are online here.)


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: November 2016

ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Phil Eagleburger, Ana Evans, David Kay, Lois Orr, and Win Brown. The following were present to … [Read More...]

Solar Panels and a Garage Conversion

In September, the DC Historic Preservation Review Board with the support of our Architectural Review Committee approved two projects that … [Read More...]

Architectural Review Committee Report: October 2016

ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Lois Orr, Phil Eagleburger, Anne Weir, and Danny Ince. Also attending were Frank Swain, CPHS … [Read More...]

Architectural Review Committee Report: September 2016

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday September 12, 2016 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...]