Save the Dates: Firehouse Centennial and Gingerbread Party in December

Sunday, December 4th at noon: CPHS joins CPCA and DC Fire & EMS to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our firehouse, Engine Company 28, which was dedicated in December 1916. Save the date and plan to come for a ceremony and then an afternoon of activities. Watch this website and other neighborhood news sources for details.

Sunday, December 11th, 1-2:30 and 3:30-5 pm will be our annual gingerbread house decorating party. Tickets go on sale right here on this site after Halloween. If you’re on our mailing list, you’ll get an email when tickets are available. MEMBERS GET A BIG DISCOUNT, so join or renew now.

Art Deco Tour, November 5th: Register Now!

UPDATE: As of October 20th, the tour is sold out but the waitlist is short. There’s a good chance some tickets will become available. Add yourself to the waitlist using the form below.

Registration is now open for the fall Art Deco tour of Connecticut Avenue apartment buildings with the Art Deco Society of Washington.

The tour will be Saturday, November 5th from 9:50 am to approximately 2 pm, with a rain date of November 12th in case of seriously inclement weather. This is a repeat of the tour we offered last March.


The tour will include interior access to some of Cleveland Park and Woodley Park’s most exquisite apartment buildings from the 1920s and ’30s, including Tilden Gardens, Sedgwick Gardens, The Broadmoor, Woodley Park Towers and the Kennedy-Warren. There will be a mid-tour sit-down box lunch at the Broadmoor plus a talk by noted architectural historian and Best Addresses author James Goode at the Kennedy-Warren.

We will begin at 9:50 am at Tilden Gardens, at the southwest corner of Tilden Street and Connecticut Avenue, NW, which is approximately halfway between the Van Ness and Cleveland Park Metro stations, and end at the Kennedy-Warren, which is 1/3 mile south of the Cleveland Park Metro. Street parking is very limited in the area, so we recommend taking public transportation if possible.

Buy tickets below, or visit the Eventbrite page at Space is limited, so don’t wait!

Questions? Email Carin Ruff.

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.

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...]

Architectural Review Committee Report: June 2016

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday June 13, 2016 ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Win Brown, … [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...]