Philadelphia Historical Commission

Ensuring the preservation of Philadelphia's historic properties.

Philadelphia Historical Commission

COVID-19 update: The offices of the Historical Commission are closed until further notice. The Historical Commission, its advisory committees, and its staff are working remotely. Please see the instructions (PDF) for remote business and electronic submissions.

Public meetings notice: Meetings of the Historical Commission and its committees have moved online.

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

  • Jan
    20
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    January 20, 2021
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    To watch/listen to and speak during the remote Committee on Historic Designation meeting liveon Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link: 
    Link: https://bit.ly/chdjan20 
    Password or Passcode: 581422 

    To listen to and speak during the remote Committee on Historic Designation meeting live on thetelephone, call the following telephone number: 
    Telephone Number: 1-646-876-9923 
    Webinar ID: 826 6706 7385 
    Password or Passcode: 581422 

    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov prior to 12:00 noon on 19 January2021.   
  • Jan
    26
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    January 26, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online
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  • Jan
    27
    Historical Commission Committee on Financial Hardship meeting
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Financial Hardship meeting

    January 27, 2021
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 2 hours
    Online via Zoom
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Staff

Name Job title Phone #
Kim Chantry Historic Preservation Planner III
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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