Wednesday, June 3: The Mayor has extended a mandatory citywide curfew. Effective at 6:00 p.m. through tomorrow at 6 a.m. Only people with essential duties will be permitted outdoors.
In effect: 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3 to 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 4
In effect: 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 01 until further notice

Philadelphia Historical Commission

Ensuring the preservation of Philadelphia's historic properties.

Philadelphia Historical Commission

COVID-19 update: The offices of the Historical Commission are closed until further notice. The Historical Commission, its advisory committees, and its staff are working remotely. Please see the instructions (PDF) for remote business and electronic submissions.

Public meetings notice: Meetings of the Historical Commission and its committees have moved online. The next meeting of the Historical Commission will be held on Friday, June 12, at 9:00 a.m. on the Webex platform. The meeting agenda and information on how to participate will be available one week in advance of the meeting.

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

  • Jun
    12
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Online via the Webex platform

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    June 12, 2020
    9:00 am to 3:00 pm, 6 hours
    Online via the Webex platform
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    The Historical Commission's June 12, 2020 meeting will be held online via the Webex platform. The meeting agenda and information on how to participate will be available one week in advance of the meeting. 
  • Jun
    17
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm
    1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    June 17, 2020
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029
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    The Committee on Historic Designation meets in Room 18-029 of 1515 Arch Street.
  • Jun
    23
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    June 23, 2020
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    1515 Arch Street - Room 18-029
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    The Architectural Committee meets in Room 18-029, 1515 Arch Street. Each application is assigned a time slot.

Staff

Name Job title Phone #
Kim Chantry Historic Preservation Planner II
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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