NEW DATE! “A Linear City in the ‘Burbs: Connecticut Avenue and the Growth of DC”

This is the talk that we had to cancel in February. The new date is APRIL 3.

Connecticut Avenue Bridge in 1911

Join us for an illustrated talk by Matthew J. Bell, FAIA, on the development of Connecticut Avenue. Bell, an architect and professor of architecture and urban design at the University of Maryland, will discuss the history of Connecticut Avenue’s development as Washington grew and streets were extended beyond the L’Enfant Plan. Join us to learn about how Cleveland Park’s own portion of Connecticut fits into the history of this uniquely urban-suburban avenue.

When: Monday, April 3rd at 7:30 pm

Where: Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street, NW

The talk is free for current CPHS members and $15 for nonmembers. Reserve your tickets using the form below. (If you have any trouble with this form, you can go directly to our Eventbrite page at

Not a member yet, or need to renew your membership? Click here to join or renew online and receive free or discounted admission to all our programs for 2017.

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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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.

Scenes from the 2016 Gingerbread Party

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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.

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 … [Read More...]

Architectural Review Committee Report: December 2016

ARC Members attending: Ana Evans, David Kay, Danny Ince, Win Brown, Stefan Hurray, Anne Weir, Ron Ngiam, Tina Mead. Also attending was Carin … [Read More...]

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...]


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...]