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Philadelphia Historical Commission

Ensuring the preservation of Philadelphia's historic properties.

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.


1515 Arch St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
TTY: (215) 683-0286

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

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    May 24, 2022
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online via Zoom
    To watch the meeting live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link on May 24.
    Passcode: 722812

    To listen to the meeting live on the telephone, call this number on May 24.
    Telephone Number: 1-301-715-8592
    Webinar ID: 852 3909 9609
    Passcode: 722812

    To offer written comments prior to the meeting, send an email to by 12:00 noon on May 23.
  • Jun
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    June 10, 2022
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
    Online via Zoom
  • Jun
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    June 15, 2022
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Online via Zoom


Name Job title Phone #
Kim Chantry Historic Preservation Planner III
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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