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.
Oct21EventHistorical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting9:30 am to 12:00 pmOnline via ZoomEvent
Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meetingOctober 21, 20209:30 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursOnline via Zoommap
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct27EventHistorical Commission Architectural Committee meeting9:00 am to 12:00 pmOnline via ZoomEvent
Historical Commission Architectural Committee meetingOctober 27, 20209:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursOnline via Zoommap
Nov13EventHistorical Commission monthly meeting9:00 am to 5:00 pmOnlineEvent
Historical Commission monthly meetingNovember 13, 20209:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hoursOnlinemap
|Name||Job title||Phone #||Social|
|Kim Chantry||Historic Preservation Planner IIIemail@example.com|
|Laura DiPasquale||Historic Preservation Planner IIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jon Farnham||Executive Directoremail@example.com|
|Shannon Garrison||Historic Preservation Planner Ifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Meredith Keller||Historic Preservation Planner IIemail@example.com|
|Allyson Mehley||Historic Preservation Planner IIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Megan Cross Schmitt||Historic Preservation Planner IIemail@example.com|