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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.

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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  • Apr
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    April 27, 2021
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Online via Zoom

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Architectural Committee will hold its April 27, 2021 meeting remotely, not in person, 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 April 27.
    Passcode: 607378 
    To listen to the meeting live on the telephone, call this number on April 27.
    Telephone Number: 1-301-715-8592  
    Webinar ID: 861 3608 0491
    Passcode: 607378

    To offer written comments prior to the meeting, send an email to by 12:00 noon on April 26.

    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.
  • May
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    May 14, 2021
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
  • May
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    May 25, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours


Name Job title Phone #
Kim Chantry Historic Preservation Planner III
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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