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, June 12, at 9:00 a.m. on the Webex platform. The meeting agenda and information on how to participate will be available one week in advance of 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:
- 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.
Jun12EventHistorical Commission monthly meeting9:00 am to 3:00 pmOnline via the Webex platformEvent
Historical Commission monthly meetingJune 12, 20209:00 am to 3:00 pm, 6 hoursOnline via the Webex platformmapThe Historical Commission's June 12, 2020 meeting will be held online via the Webex platform. The meeting agenda and information on how to participate will be available one week in advance of the meeting.
Jun17EventHistorical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting9:30 am to 12:00 pm1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029Event
Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meetingJune 17, 20209:30 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029mapThe Committee on Historic Designation meets in Room 18-029 of 1515 Arch Street.
Jun23EventHistorical Commission Architectural Committee meeting9:00 am to 12:00 pm1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029Event
Historical Commission Architectural Committee meetingJune 23, 20209:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029mapThe Architectural Committee meets in Room 18-029, 1515 Arch Street. Each application is assigned a time slot.
|Name||Job title||Phone #||Social|
|Kim Chantry||Historic Preservation Planner IIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Laura DiPasquale||Historic Preservation Planner IIemail@example.com|
|Jon Farnham||Executive Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Shannon Garrison||Historic Preservation Planner Iemail@example.com|
|Meredith Keller||Historic Preservation Planner IIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Allyson Mehley||Historic Preservation Planner IIemail@example.com|
|Megan Cross Schmitt||Historic Preservation Planner IIfirstname.lastname@example.org|