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Philadelphia Historical Commission

Notice: The Historical Commission offices are not yet open for walk-ins. Plan reviews are available via eCLIPSE or by scheduling an in-person appointment. To learn how to participate in our remote meetings, see our public meetings page.

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

  • Aug
    23
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 11:00 am
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    August 23, 2022
    9:00 am to 11:00 am, 2 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    Applicants and the public may participate in the meeting in three ways: live with a computer, tablet, or smartphone; live with a telephone; and in advance by email.

    To join with a device, go to this website or scan the QR code on August 23.
    Website: https://bit.ly/acaug23
    Password: 308681

    To join with a telephone, call this number on August 23.
    Telephone Number: 301-715-8592
    Webinar ID: 875 5239 6139#
    Participant ID #
    Password: 308681#

    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov by noon on August 22.
  • Aug
    25
    Historical Commission Committee on Financial Hardship meeting
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Financial Hardship meeting

    August 25, 2022
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 2 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    Applicants and the public may participate in the meeting in three ways: live with a computer, tablet, orsmartphone; live with a telephone; and in advance by email.

    To join with a device, go to this website onAugust 25.
    Website: https://bit.ly/cfh0825 
    Password: 527378

    To join with a telephone, call this number on August 25. 
    Telephone Number: 301-715-8592 
    Webinar ID: 825 8121 2204# 
    Participant ID # 
    Password: 527378# 

    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov bynoon on August 24.   
  • Sep
    9
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    September 9, 2022
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
    Online via Zoom
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