Annual Meeting Report: New Board Members and Why Old Places Matter

At the 2016 CPHS Annual Meeting, the members elected six new board members and reelected three. The board members elected are Stefan Hurray, Nicholas A. Netchvolodoff, and Abigail Porter (for second three-year terms) and Mary Jane Glass, Christine Hobbs, Thomas Hester, Shaun Shelby Jones, Shannon Penberthy, and Frank Swain (for new three-year terms). The new board will elect officers at its June 22nd meeting. Click here for a complete listing of the 2016-2017 board.

We bid farewell with enormous thanks to outgoing and recently retired board members Win Brown, Robert Jenkens, Tina Mead, and Lois Orr. They have been stalwarts of CPHS for many years. Win, Tina, and Lois will continue to serve on the ARC.

Headshot casual Mayes 2015The meeting also featured an inspiring talk by Tom Mayes of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, who talked about his explorations into why old places matter. The “whys” are grouped under 14 headings: Continuity; Memory; Individual Identity; Civic Identity; Beauty; History; Architecture; Sacredness; Creativity; Learning; Sustainability; Ancestors; Community; and Economics. Read Tom’s essays on these themes at the Preservation Leadership Form blog.

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.

Read More about Cultural Landscapes

Glenn Stach mentioned lots of great resources in his talk for us on cultural landscapes on April 5th. Here are links to some of the resources he mentioned:

For more about Cleveland Park specifically, including our National Register nomination form, see our Cleveland Park History page.

Note: As mentioned during the question period, National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark status does not in itself provide protection for properties. Real historic preservation protection comes from local preservation ordinances. However, in Washington, D.C. only, National Register listing is harmonized with local historic designation, and National Register Historic Districts are explicitly protected under D.C.’s historic preservation law. Read more about local and federal preservation laws here. To check the national and local historic status of sites within the District of Columbia, consult the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites.

Dates to Save, Spring-Fall 2016

Here are the CPHS events on tap for May through October 2016:

May 17: CPHS Annual Meeting

June 1: Cleveland Park Library Community Meeting, 6pm at the library (courtesy posting; not a CPHS event)

June 28: Talk by Carin Ruff on Phoebe Hearst, NCS, and Beaux-Arts Architecture in Washington

September 24: DC Preservation League Workshop on Energy Efficiency in Old Homes

October 16: Geology Tour with Tony Fleming

Scroll down the left sidebar to find more details about these events in the calendar.

Update on 3515 Woodley Road: FOIA documents, rebuilding plans, and a covenant on the property


The DC Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) considered the rebuilding plans for 3515 Woodley Road at its February 25th meeting. Ralph Cunningham of Cunningham | Quill Architects presented the plans to rebuild, and CPHS and ANC3C testified at the hearing.

You can read our testimony here or watch video of the hearing at here click on the Feb. 25th hearing date and then navigate to the last case on the agenda for the day. Our testimony was informed by the documents we received from DCRA in response to our FOIA request, which document the structural damage that the DCRA inspector found in his October 26th inspection and the apparent contractor negligence that caused the damage. The salient documents — the Notice of Infraction, Stop Work Order, and photographs taken by the inspector — are available to download here. (The file is a 10 MB PDF.)


ANC3C passes resolution on 3515 Woodley Road reconstruction

At its February 16th public meeting, ANC3C passed a resolution regarding the proposed reconstruction of 3515 Woodley Road, which you can read here: RES 2016-010 HPRB 3515 Woodley Road (PDF). The resolution withholds ANC approval of the reconstruction until legal restrictions are in place constraining future changes to the rebuilt property. CPHS and its lawyers are working on a suitable legal instrument and we will post further updates as this case moves forward.

Architectural Review Committee Report: May 2016

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, May 9, 2016 ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Ana Evans, Win Brown, Phil Eagleburger, Danny Ince, Lois Orr, Ron Ngiam, David Kay and Tina Mead. Also attending was Carin Ruff, CPHS … [Read More...]

Architectural Review Committee Report: April 2016

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, April 11, 2016 ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Ana Evans, Win Brown, Phil Eagleburger, Danny Ince, Lois Orr, and Tina Mead. Also attending was Carin Ruff, CPHS Executive … [Read More...]

Architectural Review Committee Report: March 2016

Update: Read the HPRB agenda and HPO staff reports on these projects at . Note that the Washington International School proposal (heard by the ARC in February) has been postponed until April.   Cleveland Park Historical … [Read More...]

Architectural Review Committee Report: February 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016 ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Ana Evans, Win Brown, Ron Ngiam, Phil Eagleburger, Anne Weir and David Kay. Also attending was Carin Ruff, CPHS Executive Director 3700 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Applicant: Murillo/Malnati Group … [Read More...]

Architectural Review Committee Report: January 2016

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, January 11, 2016 ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Lois Orr, Ana Evans, Win Brown, Ron Ngiam, Tina Mead, Phil Eagleburger, Anne Weir and Danny Ince Also attending were Nick Netchvolodoff, … [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...]