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Philadelphia Historical Commission

Ensuring the preservation of Philadelphia's historic properties.

Philadelphia Historical Commission

COVID-19 update: The Historical Commission and its staff are working remotely. Meetings with contractors in the field are available by appointment only. Please see our summary of how to conduct business remotely with the Historical Commission.

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

  • A meeting of the Architectural Committee will be held on Tuesday, September 28, at 9:00 a.m. on the Zoom platform. The meeting agenda and information on how to participate will be available one week prior to the meeting.

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.


1515 Arch St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
TTY: (215) 683-0286

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  • Sep
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    September 28, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
  • Oct
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    October 8, 2021
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
    Online via Zoom
    To watch/listen to and speak during the remote meeting live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link:
    Password or Passcode: 477693

    To listen to and speak during the remote meeting live on the telephone, call the following telephone number:
    Telephone Number: 1-301-715-8592
    Webinar ID: 898 4011 0009
    Password or Passcode: 477693

    You may also send written comments via email to until 12:00 noon the day before the meeting.
  • Oct
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    October 20, 2021
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours


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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