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 Committee on Historic Designation will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at 9:30 a.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
    21
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    October 21, 2020
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee on Historic Designation will hold its October 21, 2020 meeting remotely, not in person, using the Zoom Webinar platform. You can watch, listen, and comment using a computer, tablet, smartphone, or telephone.

    The meeting agenda and nomination materials for the Committee on Historic Designation meeting are available on the Historical Commission's Public Meetings page.

    To watch/listen to and speak during the remote Committee on Historic Designation meeting live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link:
    Link: https://bit.ly/chdoct21
    Password or Passcode: 236839

    To listen to and speak during the remote Committee on Historic Designation meeting live on the telephone, call the following telephone number:
    Telephone Number: 1-646-876-9923
    Webinar ID: 874 7234 2262
    Password or Passcode: 236839

    To offer written comments prior to the meeting, send an email to preservation@phila.gov.
  • 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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  • 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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