The Philadelphia Historical Commission office is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are not accepting or reviewing any paper building permit applications or nominations at this time, regardless of the submission date. You may submit building permit applications electronically through L&I’s eCLIPSE system. The Commission will review eCLIPSE permit applications when possible. When the office reopens, we will review all pending applications and nominations in the order received.
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.
Apr9EventHistorical Commission monthly meeting9:00 am to 5:00 pm1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029Event
Historical Commission monthly meetingApril 9, 20209:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029mapHistorical Commission monthly meeting, held in Room 18-029 of 1515 Arch Street, also known as One Parkway.
Apr15EventHistorical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting9:30 am to 12:00 pm1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029Event
Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meetingApril 15, 20209:30 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029mapThe Committee on Historic Designation meets in Room 18-029 of 1515 Arch Street.
Apr21EventHistorical Commission Architectural Committee meeting9:00 am to 12:00 pm1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029Event
Historical Commission Architectural Committee meetingApril 21, 20209:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029mapThe Architectural Committee meets in Room 18-029, 1515 Arch Street. Each application is assigned a time slot.
|Name||Job title||Phone #||Social|
|Randal Baron||Historic Preservation Planner IIIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kim Chantry||Historic Preservation Planner IIemail@example.com|
|Laura DiPasquale||Historic Preservation Planner IIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jon Farnham||Executive Directoremail@example.com|
|Shannon Garrison||Historic Preservation Planner Ifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Meredith Keller||Historic Preservation Planner IIemail@example.com|
|Allyson Mehley||Historic Preservation Planner IIfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Megan Cross Schmitt||Historic Preservation Planner IIemail@example.com|