D.C. History Virtual Experiences
Preservation Challenges in Cleveland Park
Cleveland Park in Northwest D.C. includes sites as old as the Rosedale estate, built soon after the founding of the District of Columbia, and as new as the light-filled, LEED Gold-certified Cleveland Park Public Library dedicated in 2018. A walk along the neighborhood’s tree-lined residential streets or busy Connecticut Avenue commercial strip reveals scores of historic structures, many built between 1880 and 1941 when Cleveland Park development was at its peak. In 1985 a large swatch of the community was designated a historic district. Yet preserving a neighborhood’s historic character is not without its challenges, as longtime Cleveland Park resident Ana Evans can attest. Hear about how she and her neighbors came together to ensure that unique sites like the 1912 Tregaron estate landscape and the 1931 Sam’s Park & Shop shopping center were preserved as well as how they are responding to the closing of the Art Deco Uptown Theater and often brash remodeling of Cleveland Park’s Victoria-era homes.
Ana Evans is a longtime resident of Cleveland Park and a member of the Cleveland Park Historical Society’s Architecture Review Committee. The Cleveland Park Historical Society was founded in 1910 with a mission to maintain and enhance the character and strength of Cleveland Park as an historic, multifaceted, urban residential neighborhood.
Hosted by Carolyn Crouch, founder of Washington Walks
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