Congratulations to Leila Afzal, John Chelen, Mike Goldstein, Raina Regan, and Julia Rogers, who were elected to new three-year terms on the CPHS Board of Directors at our annual meeting on June 13th. Read their biographies and see the complete listing of board members at this page.


Students from American University’s Public History Program have been working this semester on videos on the history of Cleveland Park. Please enjoy the fruits of their work!

Cleveland Park: No Two Houses the Same

on the Cleveland Park Company and the early history of Cleveland Park’s development

The Faulkner Family of Architects

about Waldron, Winthrop, and Avery Faulkner and their relationship to the Coonley family of Rosedale

Created by Colleen Cheslak, David Kramer, Ashley Latta, and Kevin Lukacs as a project for the American University Program in Public History, under the direction of CPHS member and AU professor Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska.


Steve Callcott of the DC Preservation Office gave a talk for CPHS and the Cleveland & Woodley Park Village in April on accessibility and historic preservation. We will have a more detailed writeup of his talk in the spring issue of our newsletter Voices, coming in May, but meanwhile we wanted to share his slides and some of the resources he mentioned.

Steve’s Powerpoint presentation (in PDF form)

Department of the Interior Preservation Brief: Making Historic Buildings Accessible

DC Historic Preservation Office Guidelines on Accommodating Persons with Disabilities in Historic Buildings

Contact HPO for advice about your project: email Steve Callcott, Deputy Preservation Officer, or Michael Robb, reviewer for the Cleveland Park Historic District.

The elevator specialist who met with our group at the March program on interior modifications for accessibility is Ken Gough of Preferred Elevator. Ken can evaluate the options for adding an elevator or lift to your historic property.


If you are planning work on your property in the Cleveland Park Historic District this year, please START by contacting Michael Robb in the DC Historic Preservation Office (HPO) for design guidance and to find out what level of review your project needs. He can be reached at 202-442-7703 or

AFTER you have consulted with HPO, contact us (Carin Ruff) and ANC3C (Nancy MacWood) to schedule neighborhood review of your project, if needed.

CLICK HERE for a complete explanation of the preservation design review process and all the contact information you need.


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.

Architectural Review Committee Report, June 2018

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, June 11, 2018 REPORT ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, … [Read More...]

Architectural Review Committee Report, May 2018

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, May 14, 2018 REPORT ARC Members in attendance: Phil Eagleburger, … [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...]

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...]