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.

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!

Voices, Spring 2023 Issue

The Spring 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.

Historic House Markers

CPHS offers bronze historic house markers for houses in the Cleveland Park Historic District.  For more information and to see if your house is eligible, please click here.

Upcoming CPHS Walking Tours for 2023

Cleveland Park’s Sears Houses
Date: September 9, 2023

Led by CPHS member Dr. Barbara Porter, this tour will examine many of the documented Sears & Roebuck catalog houses (“kit” houses) in Cleveland Park, dating between 1911 and 1929 and representing a multiplicity of architectural styles. There will also be a discussion about the economic and social aspects of this very American phenomenon.

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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ARC Report for September 2023

Report of the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) Monday, September 11, 2023 ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Phil Eagleburger, Ron Ngiam, Anne Weir, David Kay, Danny Ince, Ana Evans, Stefan
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ARC Report for July 2023

Monday, July 10, 2023 ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Phil Eagleburger, Ron Ngiam, Anne Weir, David Kay, Danny Ince, and Win Brown. Also attending were Bonnie LePard, President, Cleveland
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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.