As part of the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the offices of the Historical Commission are closed until further notice. Accordingly, meetings of the Historical Commission and its advisory committees scheduled for April 2020 have been postponed. Although the offices are closed, the Historical Commission’s staff is working remotely. Please see the instructions to submit inquiries, complaints, nominations, and some applications electronically.
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.
Apr9EventPOSTPONED: Historical Commission monthly meeting9:00 am to 5:00 pm1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029Event
POSTPONED: Historical Commission monthly meetingApril 9, 20209:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029mapHistorical Commission monthly meeting, held in Room 18-029 of 1515 Arch Street, also known as One Parkway. This meeting has been postponed owing to COVID-19.
Apr15EventPOSTPONED: Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting9:30 am to 12:00 pm1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029Event
POSTPONED: Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meetingApril 15, 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. This meeting has been postponed owing to COVID-19.
Apr21EventPOSTPONED: Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting9:00 am to 12:00 pm1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029Event
POSTPONED: Historical Commission Architectural Committee meetingApril 21, 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. This meeting has been postponed owing to COVID-19.
|Name||Job title||Phone #||Social|
|Randal Baron||Historic Preservation Planner IIIemail@example.com|
|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|