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Cleveland Park

Rock Creek Park to the East, Wisconsin and Idaho Avenues to the West, Klingle and Woodley Roads to the South & Rodman and Tilden Streets to the North

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Cleveland Park is a residential neighborhood in NW Washington, DC. The neighborhood is known for its many late 19th century homes and the historic Art Deco Uptown Theater. Many of the homes in Cleveland Park were designed by individual architects and builders resulting in an eclectic mix of the popular architectural styles of the time, notably the Queen Anne style, Georgian Revival, and the Mission Revival. In later years, simpler designs such as the Prairie style and Tudor Revival came to dominate the neighborhood.

The neighborhood acquired its name after 1886, when President Grover Cleveland purchased a stone farmhouse directly opposite Rosedale and remodeled it into a Queen Anne style summer estate called Oak View or Oak Hill. When Cleveland lost his bid for re-election in 1888, the property was sold, and the Oak View subdivision was platted in 1890. The Cleveland Heights subdivision was platted around the same time and the Cleveland Park subdivision soon thereafter.

Early large-scale development was spurred by the neighborhood’s upland topography, most of the houses built during this period show their intended use as summer houses in the era before air conditioning, having such architectural features as wide porches, large windows, and long, overhanging eaves.

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