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The Philadelphia Art Commission

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The Philadelphia Art Commission
1515 Arch Street - 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Art Commission is Philadelphia’s design review board. It must approve the design of all construction projects located on City property or funded with City money. The Commission must also approve the design of anything constructed or installed on or over the public right-of-way as well as all public art to be acquired by the City or placed on public property.

Submission Procedures

Submission guidelines and review processes for Construction Projects, Newsstands, Signs and Works of Art.


At the turn of the twentieth century, an outcry was heard from a broad coalition of citizens and organizations who were outraged by the ugliness and unsightliness of American cities.


The Art Commission is guided by certain sections of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.

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