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:
- Identifies and designates historic landmarks.
- Maintains the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
- Hosts public meetings about historic properties.
- Works with property owners to protect landmarks.
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.
Apr27EventHistorical Commission Architectural Committee meeting9:00 am to 1:00 pmOnline via ZoomEvent
Historical Commission Architectural Committee meetingApril 27, 20219:00 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hoursOnline via Zoommap
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Architectural Committee will hold its April 27, 2021 meeting remotely, not in person, using the Zoom Webinar platform. 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.
The meeting agenda and application materials for the Architectural Committee meeting are available on the Historical Commission's Public Meetings page.
To watch the meeting live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link on April 27.
To listen to the meeting live on the telephone, call this number on April 27.
Telephone Number: 1-301-715-8592
Webinar ID: 861 3608 0491
To offer written comments prior to the meeting, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00 noon on April 26.
After the meeting, you can watch a recording of the meeting on the Recordings page of the Historical Commission’s website.
For more information on the remote meeting, see the FAQs for Remote Meeting.
May14EventHistorical Commission monthly meeting9:00 am to 5:00 pmOnlineEvent
Historical Commission monthly meetingMay 14, 20219:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hoursOnlinemap
May25EventHistorical Commission Architectural Committee meeting9:00 am to 12:00 pmOnlineEvent
Historical Commission Architectural Committee meetingMay 25, 20219:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursOnlinemap
|Name||Job title||Phone #||Social|
|Kim Chantry||Historic Preservation Planner IIIemail@example.com|
|Laura DiPasquale||Historic Preservation Planner IIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jon Farnham||Executive Directoremail@example.com|
|Shannon Garrison||Historic Preservation Planner Ifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Meredith Keller||Historic Preservation Planner IIemail@example.com|
|Allyson Mehley||Historic Preservation Planner IIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Megan Cross Schmitt||Historic Preservation Planner IIemail@example.com|