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Philadelphia Historical Commission

Ensuring the preservation of Philadelphia's historic properties.

Philadelphia Historical Commission

The Philadelphia Historical Commission office is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are not accepting or reviewing any paper building permit applications or nominations at this time, regardless of the submission date. You may submit building permit applications electronically through L&I’s eCLIPSE system. The Commission will review eCLIPSE permit applications when possible. When the office reopens, we will review all pending applications and nominations in the order received.

What we do

As part of the Department of Planning and Development, the Philadelphia Historical Commission protects the City’s historic resources. Together with its advisory committees, the commission:

The commission staff reviews building permit applications and nominations to the register. When needed, they forward applications to the appropriate committee. The staff:

  • Approves over 90% of building permit applications without referral to a committee.
  • Informs the public about the commission’s rules and processes.
  • Gives advice on preservation techniques.
  • Helps the public research the history of their properties.

Connect

Address
1515 Arch St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email preservation@phila.gov
TTY: (215) 683-0286
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Events

  • Apr
    9
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    April 9, 2020
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
    1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029
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    Historical Commission monthly meeting, held in Room 18-029 of 1515 Arch Street, also known as One Parkway.
  • Apr
    15
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm
    1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    April 15, 2020
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029
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    The Committee on Historic Designation meets in Room 18-029 of 1515 Arch Street.
  • Apr
    21
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    April 21, 2020
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029
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    The Architectural Committee meets in Room 18-029, 1515 Arch Street. Each application is assigned a time slot.

Staff

Name Job title Phone #
Randal Baron Historic Preservation Planner III
Kim Chantry Historic Preservation Planner II
Laura DiPasquale Historic Preservation Planner II
Jon Farnham Executive Director
Shannon Garrison Historic Preservation Planner I
Meredith Keller Historic Preservation Planner II
Allyson Mehley Historic Preservation Planner II
Megan Cross Schmitt Historic Preservation Planner II
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