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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.


1515 Arch St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
TTY: (215) 683-0286

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  • Oct
    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
    To watch/listen to and speak during the remote meetings live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, use the following link:
    Password or Passcode: 962852

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

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

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    October 26, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
  • Nov
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    November 12, 2021
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 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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