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Philadelphia Historical Commission

Notice: The Historical Commission offices are not yet open for walk-ins. Plan reviews are available via eCLIPSE or by scheduling an in-person appointment. To learn how to participate in our remote meetings, see our public meetings page.

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

  • Jun
    25
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    June 25, 2024
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    The Architectural Committee will hold its June 25, 2024 meeting remotely using the Zoom Webinar platform. The public may participate in the meeting in three ways: live with a computer, tablet, or smartphone; live with a telephone; and in advance by email.

    The meeting agenda and application materials for the Architectural Committee meeting are available on the Historical Commission's Public Meetings page.

    To watch the meeting live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link on June 25.
    Website: https://bit.ly/ACjun25
    Passcode: 981890

    To listen to the meeting live on the telephone, call this number on June 25.
    Telephone Number: 267-831-0333
    Webinar ID: 891 7705 8581#
    Participant ID: #
    Passcode: 981890#

    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov by noon the day before the meeting.

    After the meeting, you can watch a recording of the meeting on the Recordings page of the Historical Commission’s website.

    For more information on the remote meeting, see the FAQs for Remote Meeting.
  • Jun
    26
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation
    9:30 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation

    June 26, 2024
    9:30 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    The Committee on Historic Designation will hold its June 26, 2024 meeting remotely 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 on June 26:
    Link: https://bit.ly/CHDjun26
    Passcode: 664406

    To listen to and speak during the remote Committee on Historic Designation meeting live on the telephone, call the following telephone number on June 26:
    Telephone Number: 267-831-0333
    Webinar ID: 872 6138 7842#
    Participant ID: #
    Passcode: 664406#

    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov by noon the day before the meeting.

    After the meeting, you can watch a recording of the meeting on the Recordings page of the Historical Commission’s website.

    For more information on the remote meeting, see the FAQs for Committee on Historic Designation's Remote Meeting.
  • Jul
    12
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    July 12, 2024
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
    Online via Zoom
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