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Philadelphia Historical Commission

Notice: The Historical Commission offices are not yet open for walk-ins. Plan reviews are available via eCLIPSE or by scheduling an in-person appointment. To learn how to participate in our remote meetings, see our public meetings page.

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

  • Sep
    27
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    September 27, 2022
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    • To join with a device, go to this website on September 27.
    • To join with a telephone, call this number on September 27.  
      • Telephone Number: 301-715-8592 
      • Webinar ID: 870 1942 3017# 
      • Participant ID # 
      • Password: 508804# 
    • To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov by noon on September 26. 
  • Oct
    4
    Historical Commission Committee on Financial Hardship meeting
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Financial Hardship meeting

    October 4, 2022
    1:00 pm to 4:00 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, orsmartphone; live with a telephone; and in advance by email.

    To join with a device, go to this website onOctober 4. 
    Website: https://bit.ly/cfhoct04 
    Password: 600862 

    To join with a telephone, call this number on October 4. 
    Telephone Number: 301-715-8592 
    Webinar ID: 879 6731 2725# 
    Participant ID # 
    Password: 600862# 

    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov bynoon on October 3.  
  • Oct
    14
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    October 14, 2022
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
    Online via Zoom
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