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Philadelphia Historical Commission

Ensuring the preservation of Philadelphia's historic properties.

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.


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

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  • Jan
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    January 19, 2022
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Online via Zoom
    The Historical Commission and its advisory committees are holding remote meetings using Zoom Webinarteleconferencing technology. You can watch/listen and speak during the live meetings using your computer,tablet, or smartphone on Zoom. You can listen and speak during the live meetings on your telephone. 

    To watch/listen to and speak during the remote meetings live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, orsmartphone, click on the following link: 

    Link: https://bit.ly/chdjan19 
    Passcode: 888960  

    To listen to and speak during the remote meetings live on the telephone, call the following telephone number: 

    Telephone Number: 1-301-715-8592 
    Webinar ID: 839 0315 9929 
    Passcode: 888960  

    You may also send written comments via email to until 12:00 noon one business day before the meeting. Toemail comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov. Comments received before noon one business dayprior to the meeting will be forwarded to the Commission and committee members.  
  • Jan
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    January 25, 2022
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online via Zoom
  • Feb
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    February 11, 2022
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
    Online via Zoom


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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