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 Architectural Committee will be held on Tuesday, September 22, at 9:00 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.


1515 Arch St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
TTY: (215) 683-0286

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  • Sep
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    September 22, 2020
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online via Zoom
    The September 22, 2020 Architectural Committee meeting agenda can be found on the Public Meetings page. Applicants and the public may participate in the meeting in three ways: live with a computer, tablet, orsmartphone; live with a telephone; and in advance by email. 

    To join with a device, go to this website on September 22. 

    To join with a telephone, call this number on September 22. 
    • Telephone Number: 1-646-876-9923 
    • Webinar ID: 822 2578 5774 
    • Password: 903255 

    To email comments, send them to by 12:00 noon on September 21.
  • Oct
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    October 9, 2020
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
    Online via Zoom
  • Oct
    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
    The Committee on Historic Designation meets in Room 18-029 of 1515 Arch Street.


Name Job title Phone #
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 II
Megan Cross Schmitt Historic Preservation Planner II
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