Historic Carver Heights was the first neighborhood developed by black professionals for black professionals, and therefore the development pattern of the neighborhood is strongly tied to the cultural significance of the neighborhood as a professional middle-class suburban neighborhood.
Historic Carver Heights is an auto-oriented development. Therefore, the patterns of development are based on a street pattern favoring the auto, not the pedestrian. Much of the neighborhood is characterized by curvilinear streets without sidewalks.
Construction in the neighborhood began around 1950. The oldest structure documented in the neighborhood is from 1947, but the era of significance of the district is between 1950 and 1965, when the majority of the houses were built. The district features classic mid-century American architecture, which falls into three primary styles:
- Minimal traditional, circa 1935-1950
- Ranch, circa 1950s and 1960s
- Contemporary, circa 1950s, 1960s and 1970s