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Historical Commission

About the Historical Commission

Established in 1955, the Philadelphia Historical Commission is the City of Philadelphia’s regulatory agency responsible for ensuring the preservation of historically significant buildings, structures, sites, objects, interiors and districts in Philadelphia. Find Contact Information, Rules & Regulations, Frequently Asked Questions, and more.

Additional Historic Preservation Resources

Resources for people interested in research, advocacy, and local, state and federal incentive programs.

Philadelphia Historic Districts

The City of Philadelphia’s historic preservation ordinance, Section 14-1000 of the Philadelphia Code, authorizes the Philadelphia Historical Commission to designate buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts as historic.

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Philadelphia Historical Commission
One Parkway, 13th floor
1515 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-686-7660

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.