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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

  • Nov
    30
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 3:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    November 30, 2022
    9:30 am to 3:00 pm, 6 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    The Committee on Historic Designation will meet remotely at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 using Zoom Webinar videoconferencing technology to review the nomination, amendment, or rescission request. 

    Owners, their representatives, and 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.

    To join with a device, go to this website on November 30.
    Website: https://bit.ly/chdnov30
    Password: 587721
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    o join with a telephone, call this number on November 30.
    Telephone Number: 301-715-8592
    Webinar ID: 882 9719 0757#
    Participant ID #
    Password: 587721#

    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov by noon on November 29.
    • Dec
      9
      Historical Commission monthly meeting
      9:00 am to 2:00 pm
      Online via Zoom

      Historical Commission monthly meeting

      December 9, 2022
      9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
      Online via Zoom
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    • Dec
      20
      Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
      9:00 am to 12:00 pm
      Online via Zoom

      Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

      December 20, 2022
      9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
      Online via Zoom
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