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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

  • Aug
    12
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    August 12, 2022
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    To watch/listen to and speak during the remote meetings live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following links:
    Website: https://bit.ly/phcaug12
    Meeting Password: 812488


    To listen to and speak during the remote meetings live on the telephone, call this telephone number and follow the instructions:
    Telephone Number: 301-715-8592
    Meeting ID: 879 9784 6293#
    Participant ID: #
    Meeting Password: 812488#


    You may also send written comments via email to preservation@phila.gov until 12:00 noon one business day before the meeting.
  • Aug
    23
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    August 23, 2022
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online via Zoom
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  • Sep
    9
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

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