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Philadelphia Historical Commission

Ensuring the preservation of Philadelphia's historic properties.

Philadelphia Historical Commission

COVID-19 update: The Historical Commission and its staff are working remotely. Meetings with contractors in the field are available by appointment only. Please see our summary of how to conduct business remotely with the Historical Commission.

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

  • Oct
    20
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    October 20, 2021
    9:30 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    To watch/listen to and speak during the remote meetings live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, use the following link:
    https://bit.ly/chdoct20
    Password or Passcode: 962852

    To listen to and speak during the remote meetings live on the telephone, call the following telephone number:
    1-301-715-8592
    Webinar ID: 853 5059 6179
    Password or Passcode: 962852

    You may also send written comments via email to preservation@phila.gov until 12:00 noon the day before the meeting.
  • Oct
    26
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    October 26, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    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 October 26.
    Link: https://bit.ly/acoct26
    Passcode: 189503 

    To listen to the meeting live on the telephone, call this number on October 26.
    Telephone Number: 1-301-715-8592  
    Webinar ID: 858 0381 1462
    Passcode: 189503

    To offer written comments prior to the meeting, send an email to preservation@phila.gov by 12:00 noon on October 25.

    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.
  • Nov
    12
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Online

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    November 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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