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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

  • Jul
    8
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    July 8, 2022
    9:00 am to 3:00 pm, 6 hours
    Online via Zoom
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    To watch the meeting live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link on July 8.
    Link: https://bit.ly/phcjul8
    Meeting Password: 874817

    To listen to the meeting live on the telephone, call this number on July 8.
    Telephone Number: 1-301-715-8592
    Meeting ID: : 863 0928 6461 #
    Participant ID: #
    Meeting Password: 874817

    To offer written comments prior to the meeting, send an email to preservation@phila.gov. Written comments received before 12:00 noon one business day prior to the meeting will be forwarded to the Commission members.
  • Jul
    20
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    July 20, 2022
    9:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Online via Zoom
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  • Jul
    26
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    July 26, 2022
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online via Zoom
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