The Cleveland Park Historical Society (CPHS) is the neighborhood’s historic preservation and local history organization, working to preserve our legacy of architectural and landscape design. Everyone is welcome to become a member!

Cleveland Park is a National Register of Historic Places listed Historic District in Washington, D.C. The neighborhood developed as a “streetcar suburb” of Washington from the 1890s and contains a remarkable variety of architecture as well as designed and natural landscapes from the 18th to 20th centuries.

Cleveland Park became a National Register Historic District in 1987. Download the nomination here (text) and here (pictures). You can also find this development history of the commercial corridor. The DC Historic Preservation Office’s brochure about Cleveland Park gives an excellent overview of Cleveland Park’s history.

Design Guidelines for Cleveland Park’s Historic Commercial Corridor

CHPS Design Guidelines for Cleveland Park have been expanded to include the Connecticut Avenue commercial corridor.  These new guidelines were reviewed and commented on at the DC Historic Preservation Review Board’s (HPRB) October 2023 session and are posted on the Historic Preservation Office’s Design Historic Districts Guidelines page.

View the Design Guidelines for the Cleveland Park’s Historic Commercial Corridor online here, or download a printable copy.


Voices, Fall 2023 Issue

The Fall 2023 issue of Voices, the newsletter of the Cleveland Park Historical Society, is now available for download. 

Voices is published twice a year. Past issues are available here for download.

Art Deco Walking Tour of Connecticut Avenue

CPHS is partnering with the  Art Deco Society of Washington to redo our popular tour of Art Deco buildings and great apartment houses along Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park and nearby Woodley Park. Highlights will include Tilden Gardens, Sedgwick Gardens, the Broadmoor, Kennedy-Warren, and Woodley Park Towers.

Date and time: Sat, Nov 11, 2023 9:50 AM – 1:00 PM. Registration will be open to CPHS members shortly.

Cleveland Park: A Guide to Architectural Styles & Building Types

In 1987, the Cleveland Park Historical Society produced the publication Cleveland Park: A Guide to Architectural Styles & Building Types. Noted Washington architect, John (“Wieb”) Wiebenson, provided drawings of composite houses illustrating Cleveland Park’s various historic building styles and types.  We are pleased to be able to provide it now in digital format and it is now available to view or download here.


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Historic House Markers

CPHS offers bronze historic house markers for contributing buildings in the Cleveland Park Historic District —those built before 1941 — and those individually landmarked.  To order a marker, download the form here.

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Read about historic preservation review procedures and get all the contact info you need on this page.

For questions about the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) or to request a place on the next ARC meeting agenda,
email CPHS staff.

Check Upcoming Events for up-to-date information for the next ARC meeting. See also: ARC meeting agendas and reports.