Philadelphia Historical Commission

Ensuring the preservation of Philadelphia's historic properties.

Philadelphia Historical Commission

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

  • Nov
    19
    Architectural Committee monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    Architectural Committee monthly meeting

    November 19, 2019
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
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    The Architectural Committee meets in Room 18-029, 1515 Arch Street. Each application is assigned a time slot.
  • Dec
    5
    Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 5:00 pm
    1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    December 5, 2019
    9:30 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
    1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
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    The Committee on Historic Designation meets bimonthly in Room 18-029 of 1515 Arch Street.
  • Dec
    13
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    December 13, 2019
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
    1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
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    Historical Commission monthly meeting, held in Room 18-029 of 1515 Arch Street, also known as One Parkway.

Staff

Name Job title Phone #
Randal Baron Historic Preservation Planner III
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 I
Megan Cross Schmitt Historic Preservation Planner I
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