The Plan to Move a Cleveland Park House

by UrbanTurf Staff

3211 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Courtesy of Google Maps.

The Historic Preservation Review Board recently approved a plan to move a historic Cleveland Park home and save it from demolition. It just won’t be going very far.

If you have traveled north or south along Wisconsin Avenue NW near the intersection of Macomb Street, chances are you have caught a glimpse of 3211 Wisconsin Avenue NW (map), a green Queen Anne nestled between two much taller apartment buildings. The house was built in 1905 by Donald MacLeod, a Treasury Department bookkeeper, for his sister. Given when it was built and its architectural character, the home was included as part of the Cleveland Park historic district in 1986. The home’s most recent owner passed away in 2003.

The proposal to move the house was set forth by Adams Investment Group, which is renovating the apartment building next door. Under the accepted plan, the home will be moved 28 feet forward and converted into two apartments, while many of its original details will be restored. A new six-unit apartment project will be constructed behind it.

Steve Calcott of the Historic Preservation Office told the Northwest Current that the solution was “unusual for an unusual situation, but not precedent setting.”

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_plan_to_move_a_cleveland_park_house/7877


  1. kevin said at 2:09 pm on Tuesday December 3, 2013:

    This seems like a lot of work for not much.  DC has tons of wooden SFHs all over the place.  Wisconsin Ave is one of the few areas of Upper North West that can realistically support more density.  In a height constrained city, a bigger apartment building would be of much better use on this stop.

  1. Claire Dechon said at 9:11 am on Monday April 14, 2014:

    I wonder who got paid off for this move. It is effect what Mark Kaufman had been unsuccessfully trying to achieve during his ownership yet now along comes deeper pockets and puts in a request for the same thing.  what makes Adams so different?!  The idea is ridiculous and if the Historic Board was truly dedicated to preserving historic sites it would not have approved this plan.Moreover it would have in place regulation for the manadatory preservation of historic buildings. I wouldn’t want to be the insurance company of the movers of this house. They are the only ones that stand to lose from this debacle.

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