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Philadelphia Historical Commission

Established in 1955, the Philadelphia Historical Commission identifies and protects the City’s historic resources. The Mayor appoints the commissioners, who are supported by three advisory committees and the commission staff.

You can learn about the commission’s upcoming meetings.

Appointed members

Name Role
Robert Thomas Architectural Historian and Chair
Dan McCoubrey Architect
Emily Cooperman Historian
Betty Turner Representative of a Community Organization
Kim Washington Representative of a Community Development Corporation
Kelly Edwards Real Estate Developer
John Mattioni Open Position

Ex-officio members

Name Title Designee
Darrell Clarke City Council President Jessica Sanchez
Anne Fadullon City Planning Commission Chair Meredith Trego
Harold T. Epps Commerce Department Director H. Ahada Stanford
Melissa Long Division of Housing & Community Development Director Melissa Long
David Perri Department of Licenses & Inspections Commissioner Josh Lippert
Bridget Collins-Greenwald Department of Public Property Commissioner Steven Hartner

Architectural Committee

The Architectural Committee considers proposals for changes to historic properties. The committee then makes recommendations to the Historical Commission.

The members of this committee are:

Dan McCoubrey, Chair

John Cluver

Rudy D’Alessandro

Justin Detwiler

Nan Gutterman

Suzanne Pentz

Amy Stein


Committee on Historic Designation

The Committee on Historic Designation considers nominations to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. The committee then makes recommendations to the Historical Commission.

The members of this committee are:

Emily Cooperman, Chair

Suzanna Barucco

Jeffrey Cohen

Bruce Laverty

Elizabeth Milroy

Douglas Mooney


Committee on Financial Hardship

The Committee on Financial Hardship considers applications claiming that historic buildings can’t be reused. The committee then makes recommendations to the Historical Commission.

The members of this committee are:

Robert Thomas, Chair

Kelly Edwards

Melissa Long

Dan McCoubrey

Meredith Trego


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