Cleveland Park Historical Society Annual Meeting 2014


TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.


Held at Tregaron, courtesy of the Washington International School, 3100 Macomb Street. Parking is available on the premises.


 All current members are invited to come, commune and comment.


Our speaker, Nore Winter will begin after a reception beginning at 7:30 pm and a short annual meeting to review the year and elect CPHS Board members for the 2014-2017 term (see below).

Nore Winter and Co has drafted Historic Preservation standards for municipalities and communities throughout the United States. CPHS has now hired his firm to draft design guidelines for Cleveland Park, in cooperation with the Historic Preservation Office.  He will refine the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the DC Historic Preservation Review Board’s guidelines to reference the features that make Cleveland Park unique.

He has been meeting with architects, preservationists and members of the community, and wants to hear from as many people as possible as he develops the guidelines.  Come to hear how he is progressing  and to tell him which important aspects of your neighborhood landscape and architecture you would like to see preserved.

Don’t miss this opportunity to become part of the future of historic preservation in your Cleveland Park.  These guidelines could be important to you one day, if not already.

Meeting Agenda:

 7:30    Reception

 8:00    Annual Meeting:

A short summary of the year’s activities 

Membership vote on candidates for CPHS Board Term 2014-2017

Nominees are:

Returning for a second term:

John Buchanan ( 34th and Newark).  John has been very active on the CPHS Board as the Chairman of our Zoning and Regulations Committee, as the Chairman of the Nominating Committee, and has contributed wise counsel at all of our Board meetings.

Ana Evans  (Ashley Terrace and 31st ). Ana has been the Vice President for 3 years, doing a bit of everything.  She has been the Membership Chairman, testified at DC government hearings, and is currently the Chair of the Guidelines project.

Gwen Wright (Ordway and 34th).  Gwen is the co-chair of the Architectural Review Committee,  serves on the guidelines committee and shares her expertise as an historic preservation specialist at our Board meetings.

For a first term:

 Hadley Debevoise Allen ( 34th Place):  Hadley and her husband, Bradley Allen, moved to Cleveland Park in August 2013 when they purchased their first house. Hadley was born and lived her early childhood on Porter Street, just a few blocks away from their current house on 34th Place. Hadley also attended NCRC, Beauvoir and National Cathedral School so she feels Cleveland Park has always been a home for her.  Hadley works in real estate sales at Washington Fine Properties in the Office of Bobbie Brewster. She has a master of science in real estate and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She adores her hometown of Washington, and after a few years of living in NYC, is so happy to be back living and working in Cleveland Park.

Myra Best (Quebec and 36th) is relative newcomer to Cleveland Park, Myra moved to Quebec Street with her husband Fred Bellemore and daughter Margot in November, 2011. A native of North Carolina, since her arrival in Washington fifteen years ago, Myra has been an active member of citizens organizations in and around Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan. Before that, she lived in Taiwan as a language student and in Italy for twelve years, where she enrolled at the Università degli Studi in Florence and later taught Italian language and literature at Trinity College’s Rome campus. In addition to her graduate research (she has a PhD in Romance Studies from Cornell University) and teaching, during this time Myra coordinated volunteer services at refugee centers in both Florence and Rome. After returning to the United States, she volunteered as an ESL teacher in Adams Morgan, helped manage a lively community garden near Dupont Circle and served as President of her Adams Morgan-based coop. As a Program Officer at Meridian International Center, Myra designs public diplomacy projects for the State Department on a range of topics, including human rights, sustainable development and civic activism.

Roberta Mathews (Macomb and 35th) Roberta Matthews and her husband Matt moved to Macomb Street recently with their children. Roberta grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and gained undergraduate and law school degrees from the University of Mississippi. She spent twelve years in Australia, where she worked to restore seven landmarked properties and was president of the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation. Most recently, Roberta restored a landmarked brownstone in the West Village of Manhattan. After eight years in Manhattan, her love of historic homes drew her to the Cleveland Park neighborhood.

8:15pm    Speaker: Nore Winter