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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.

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
Email preservation@phila.gov
TTY: (215) 683-0286

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  • Mar
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    March 3, 2021
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Online via Zoom
    Property owners, owners’ representatives, and the public may participate in the meeting in threeways: live with a computer, tablet, or smartphone; live with a telephone; and in advance byemail. 

    To watch/listen to and speak during the remote Committee on HistoricDesignation meeting live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, orsmartphone, click on the following link on March3: 
    Link: https://bit.ly/chdmar3 
    Passcode: 525478 

    To listen to and speak during the remote Committee on HistoricDesignation meeting live on the telephone, call the following telephonenumber on March 3: 
    Telephone Number: 1-301-715-8592 
    Webinar ID: 818 9182 5837 
    Passcode: 525478 

    To email comments, send them to preservation@phila.gov prior to 12:00 noon on March 2.  
  • Mar
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    March 12, 2021
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
  • Mar
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    March 23, 2021
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours


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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