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

  • Dec
    3
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    December 3, 2020
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    To watch/listen to and speak during the remote meeting live on Zoom using your computer,tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link: 
    • Link: https://bit.ly/chddec3 
    • Password or Passcode: 682183 

    To listen to and speak during the remote meeting live on the telephone, call the followingtelephone number: 
    • Telephone Number: 1-646-876-9923 
    • Webinar ID: 884 6920 6515 
    • Password or Passcode: 682183
  • Dec
    11
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    December 11, 2020
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 4 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    Note that the December 11, 2020 meeting of the Historical Commission will begin at 10:00 AM.

    To watch/listen to and speak during the remote meeting live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link:

    To listen to and speak during the remote meeting live on the telephone, call the following telephone number: 
    • Telephone Number: 1-646-876-9923
    • Webinar ID: 828 9642 4530
    • Password: 281060
  • Dec
    15
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    December 15, 2020
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 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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