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). 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!

Planning Work on your Cleveland Park Historic District property?


Dear CPHS Member:
The DC Council is voting on changes to the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) and Comprehensive Plan that will have a profound impact on the Cleveland Park Historic District.  Council Member Cheh has stated publicly that she favors infill development of not more than one story ground floor retail with up to four floors of residential above (as currently exists at the corner of Connecticut and Macomb) as compatible with the low scale and character of the historic district.  The present FLUM designation and zoning for our neighborhood commercial area enables such infill development today.

However, Council Member Cheh still proposes to “upFLUM” Connecticut Avenue from Macomb to Porter Streets to Medium Density Residential/Moderate Density Commercial.   Although this is a small step below the Mayor’s proposed High Density Residential, Council Member Cheh’s plan will enable zoning changes that permit building heights from 9 stories even up to 11 or 12 stories in this pedestrian-scale part of the Historic District, including the site of the iconic Uptown Theater itself.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW: The Council is considering and voting on these FLUM changes this month.  Please write to CM Cheh, Chairman Mendelson and the DC Council and tell them that tall buildings are incompatible with the character and context of the low-scale Cleveland Park historic commercial district and the preservation of the iconic Uptown Theater.  Tell them to reject proposed amendment #2123 for Medium Density or High Density in the Cleveland Park Historic District and to keep the existing FLUM designation.  But in any case, the FLUM should NOT be changed to more than Moderate Density Residential/Low Density Commercial.

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Walter Mondale 1928-2021

The Cleveland Park Historical Society mourns the passing of  former Vice President and Cleveland Park resident Walter Mondale.  Mondale and his family lived for many years on the 3400 block of Lowell Street.  Read this NY Times article from 1984 about the close ties the Mondale family had with the Cleveland Park community.

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ARC Report for May 2021

CPHS Architectural Review Committee Meeting Monday, May 10, 2021 ARC Members attending:   Christine Hobbs, Ron Ngiam, Stefan Hurray, Phil Eagleburger, Ana Evans, Danny Ince, Win Brown and David
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ARC Agenda for May 10th, 2021 Meeting

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, May 10, 2021 Meeting to be conducted via Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87857488338 AGENDA 7:30 pm 3430 34th
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ARC Report for April 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021 ARC Members attending:   Christine Hobbs, Ron Ngiam, Stefan Hurray, Phil Eagleburger, Ana Evans, Tina Mead, Win Brown and David Kay. Also attending was Camilla Carpenter,
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ARC Agenda for April 12th, 2021

Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee Monday, April 12, 2021 Meeting to be conducted via Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84589341220 AGENDA 7:30 pm 3056
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