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. The next meeting of the Architectural Committee will be held on Tuesday, October 27, at 9:00 a.m. on the Zoom platform. To learn how to participate, view the meeting agenda (PDF) and the FAQs (PDF). A meeting of the Committee on Financial Hardship will be held on Tuesday, October 27, at 3:00 p.m. on the Zoom platform. To learn how to participate, view the meeting agenda (PDF) and the FAQs (PDF).

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

  • Oct
    27
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    October 27, 2020
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 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 on October 27. 
    Website: https://bit.ly/acoct27
    Password: 285490

    To join with a telephone, call this number on October 27.
    Telephone Number: 1-646-876-9923 
    Webinar ID: 822 4687 9111 
    Password: 285490 

    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov by 12:00 noon on October 26  
  • Oct
    27
    Historical Commission Committee on Financial Hardship meeting
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Financial Hardship meeting

    October 27, 2020
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, 2 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    The Committee on Financial Hardship will meet on October 27, 2020 at 3:00 to review the application for 5129-35 Frankford Avenue. The application materials are available on the Historical Commission's Public Meetings page. 

    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 on October 27. 
    Website: http://bit.ly/cfhoct27
    Password: 235162

    To join with a telephone, call this number on October 27.
    Telephone Number: 1-646-876-9923 
    Webinar ID: 845 2470 8228 
    Password: 235162

    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov by 12:00 noon on October 26.  
  • Nov
    13
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Online

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    November 13, 2020
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
    Online
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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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