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:
- Identifies and designates historic landmarks.
- Maintains the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
- Hosts public meetings about historic properties.
- Works with property owners to protect landmarks.
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.
Jan19EventHistorical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting9:30 am to 1:00 pmOnline via ZoomEvent
Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meetingJanuary 19, 20229:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hoursOnline via ZoommapThe 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:
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
You may also send written comments via email to until 12:00 noon one business day before the meeting. Toemail comments, send them to email@example.com. Comments received before noon one business dayprior to the meeting will be forwarded to the Commission and committee members.
Jan25EventHistorical Commission Architectural Committee meeting9:00 am to 12:00 pmOnline via ZoomEvent
Historical Commission Architectural Committee meetingJanuary 25, 20229:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursOnline via Zoommap
Feb11EventHistorical Commission monthly meeting9:00 am to 2:00 pmOnline via ZoomEvent
Historical Commission monthly meetingFebruary 11, 20229:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hoursOnline via Zoommap
|Name||Job title||Phone #||Social|
|Kim Chantry||Historic Preservation Planner IIIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Laura DiPasquale||Historic Preservation Planner IIemail@example.com|
|Jon Farnham||Executive Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Shannon Garrison||Historic Preservation Planner Iemail@example.com|
|Meredith Keller||Historic Preservation Planner IIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Allyson Mehley||Historic Preservation Planner IIemail@example.com|
|Megan Cross Schmitt||Historic Preservation Planner IIfirstname.lastname@example.org|