Cleveland Park is a National Register 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!


In May, the DC Council Redistricting Subcommittee approved a revised Ward 3 map that placed most of the Cleveland Park Historic District within a single ANC.  While not perfect (the western side of the Historic District will be in a different ANC), it is an improvement over the Task Force map.

More recently, DC Council Chair Mendelson proposed a revised Ward 3 map that would have kept all of Cleveland Park in a single ANC.  On June 7, the DC Council voted against it, approving instead a slightly revised version of the Sub-committee map.  You can find it here.

We thank all of our members who did so much to try to keep our neighborhood intact!


As part of the Connecticut Avenue Development Guidelines planning process, the DC Office of Planning (OP) held two in-person Community Design Conversations, in October, to explore future development potential and public space enhancements in Woodley Park and Cleveland Park.

Here are the links to view the Community Design Conversation Presentation Boards that were presented at the Design Conversations:

Public Realm Presentation Boards

Example Development Scenarios Presentation Boards

Development Design Guidelines Presentation Boards

Summary of “What We’ve Heard So Far” 

There is now yet another online survey about public space design and development scenarios that were shared at the Conversation events, which are meant to provide an opportunity for those who did not attend the Community Design Conversations, and/or would like to provide further feedback.  It is strongly advised to have a look at these Presentation Boards (links above) before completing the survey.  As with the last survey, it will be difficult to find opportunities to express concerns about the future and integrity of the Cleveland Park Historic District, but please try!

The survey will be open until December 11.  You can take the online design survey here.

Upcoming Events


11dec1:00 pm3:00 pmAnnual Gingerbread House Festival

12dec7:30 pmARC Meeting


09jan7:30 pmARC Meeting

17jan7:00 pm8:00 pmAn Architectural History: Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park


13feb7:30 pmARC Meeting


13mar7:30 pmARC Meeting

See the full calendar of events

ARC Report for November 2022

Monday, November 14, 2022 ARC Members attending:   Christine Hobbs, Phil Eagleburger, Ron Ngiam, Stefan Hurray, Ana Evans, Tina Mead, Anne Weir, Danny Ince, and Win Brown. Also attending was
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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..

For ARC reports and agendas, see links below.