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.

Connect

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

  • Jan
    26
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    January 26, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    Applicants 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 January 26. 
    • Password: 734840 


    To join with a telephone, call this number on January 26.  
    • Telephone Number: 1-301-715-8592   

    • Webinar ID: 813 2980 2308 

    • Password: 734840 



    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov by 12:00 noon on January 25. 
  • Jan
    27
    Historical Commission Committee on Financial Hardship meeting
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Financial Hardship meeting

    January 27, 2021
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 2 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    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 January 27. 

    To join with a telephone, call this number on January 27. 

    • Telephone Number: 1-301-715-8592  

    • Webinar ID: 834 1860 2233 

    • Password: 124516 


    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov by 12:00 noon on January 26. 
  • Feb
    12
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Online

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    February 12, 2021
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
    Online
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Staff

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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