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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.

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

  • May
    14
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    May 14, 2021
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    To watch the meeting live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link on May 14.
    Link: https://bit.ly/phcmay14
    Password: 770735

    To listen to the meeting live on the telephone, call this number on May 14.
    Telephone Number: 1-301-715-8592
    Webinar ID: 828 0782 1901
    Password: 770735

    To offer written comments prior to the meeting, send an email to preservation@phila.gov. Written comments received before 12:00 noon the day prior to the meeting will be forwarded to the Commission members.

    After the meeting, you can watch a recording of the meeting (and other earlier meetings) on the Recordings page of the Historical Commission’s website.

    For more information on the remote meeting, see the FAQs for Historical Commission’s Remote Meeting.
  • May
    25
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    May 25, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online
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  • Jun
    2
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    June 2, 2021
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Online via Zoom
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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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