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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 Historical Commission will be held on Friday, July 10, at 9:00 a.m. on the Webex 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.


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

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  • Jul
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Webex - click for more information

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    July 10, 2020
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
    Online via Webex - click for more information

    The Historical Commission hereby announces that it will hold its 695th Stated Meeting remotely at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020 using the Webex online meeting platform. The public is encouraged to participate in the meeting by computer, telephone, and email.


    Telephone: 866-523-9994, access code 712 539 695 


    Please see the meeting agenda and FAQs for more information including instructions on joining the meeting.

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

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    July 28, 2020
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
  • Aug
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    August 14, 2020
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours


Name Job title Phone #
Kim Chantry Historic Preservation Planner II
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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