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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. The next meeting of the Historical Commission will be held on Friday, August 14, at 9:00 a.m. on the Zoom platform. To learn how to participate, view the meeting agenda (PDF) and the FAQs (PDF). The next meeting of the Committee on Historic Designation will be held on Wednesday, August 19, at 9:30 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.

Connect

Address
1515 Arch St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email preservation@phila.gov
TTY: (215) 683-0286
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Events

  • Aug
    14
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    August 14, 2020
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    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 August 14. 

    To join with a telephone, call this number on August 14. 
    • Telephone Number: 1-646-876-9923 
    • Webinar ID: 813 7489 3314 
    • Password: 530326 

    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov.   
  • Aug
    19
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    August 19, 2020
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    To watch/listen to and speak during the remote meeting live on Zoom using your computer,tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link on August 19, 2020: 
    Link: https://bit.ly/chdaug19 
    Password or Passcode: 419249 

    To listen to and speak during the remote meeting live on the telephone, call the followingtelephone number on August 19, 2020: 
    Telephone Number: 1-646-876-9923 
    Webinar ID: 850 5961 6881 
    Password or Passcode: 419249 
  • Aug
    25
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    August 25, 2020
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online
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Staff

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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