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. The next meeting of the Historical Commission will be held on Friday, November 13, at 9:00 on the Zoom platform. The meeting agenda and information on how to participate will be available one week prior to the meeting.

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

  • Nov
    13
    Historical Commission monthly meeting
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Online

    Historical Commission monthly meeting

    November 13, 2020
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 8 hours
    Online
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  • Nov
    17
    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Online

    Historical Commission Architectural Committee meeting

    November 17, 2020
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online
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  • Dec
    3
    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Online

    Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting

    December 3, 2020
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Online
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Staff

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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