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:
- Identifies and designates historic landmarks.
- Maintains the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
- Hosts public meetings about historic properties.
- Works with property owners to protect landmarks.
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.
Dec8EventHistorical Commission monthly meeting9:00 am to 2:00 pmOnline via ZoomEvent
Historical Commission monthly meetingDecember 8, 20239:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hoursOnline via ZoommapThe Historical Commission will hold its Friday, December 8, 2023 meeting remotely using the Zoom Webinar platform. You can watch/listen and speak during the live meetings using your computer, tablet, or smartphone on Zoom. You can listen and speak during the live meetings on your telephone.
The meeting agenda, applications, nomination materials, and recent meeting minutes are available on the Historical Commission's Public Meetings page. The Historical Commission will consider adopting the minutes of its most recent meeting at the upcoming meeting. The advisory committee minutes are not formally adopted, but are considered drafts until reviewed by the Historical Commission at the meeting.
To watch the meeting live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link on December 8.
Meeting Password: 333207
To listen to the meeting live on the telephone, call this number on December 8.
Telephone Number: 267-831-0333
Meeting ID: 857 4248 9424#
Participant ID: #
Meeting Password: 333207#
To offer written comments prior to the meeting, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments received before noon one business day prior to the meeting will be forwarded to the Commission members.
After the meeting, you can watch a recording of the meeting (and other earlier meetings) on the Recordings page of the Historical Commission's website.
For more information on the remote meeting, see the FAQs for Historical Commission's Remote Meeting.
Dec19EventHistorical Commission Architectural Committee meeting9:00 am to 12:00 pmOnline via ZoomEvent
Historical Commission Architectural Committee meetingDecember 19, 20239:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursOnline via Zoommap
Jan12EventHistorical Commission monthly meeting9:00 am to 2:00 pmOnline via ZoomEvent
Historical Commission monthly meetingJanuary 12, 20249:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hoursOnline via Zoommap