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Public meetings

The Philadelphia Historical Commission and its committees hold public meetings. At these meetings, they review:

  • Building permit applications for work to historically designated properties.
  • Matters relating to historic designation. This includes nominations to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.

Interested parties can comment on matters before the Historical Commission in person at public meetings. Or, comments may be submitted in writing at least seven days before the public meeting. Written remarks may be sent to preservation@phila.gov.

This page hosts the most recent agendas and applications. You can also view older agendas and minutes and successful nominations.

Notice: Meetings of the Historical Commission and its committees have moved online. You can view recordings of the remote meetings.

Meeting schedule and guidelines

Title Description Category Author Date Format
Historical Commission remote business instructions PDF Instructions for conducting business remotely with the Philadelphia Historical Commission. May 11, 2020
Historical Commission 2020 meeting schedule PDF The 2020 dates and submission deadlines for meetings of the Philadelphia Historical Commission and its committees. May 11, 2020
Historical Commission guidelines for conduct at public meetings PDF Guidelines for conduct at public meetings of the Historical Commission. July 9, 2019
FAQs - August 14, 2020 Historical Commission meeting PDF FAQs for the August 14, 2020 Historical Commission meeting August 7, 2020

Meeting agendas

Title Description Category Author Date Format
Historical Commission agenda - August 14, 2020 PDF August 7, 2020

Building permit applications under review

Title Description Category Author Date Format
123-29 Chestnut St. building permit application (Continued to future PHC meeting) PDF February 18, 2020
232-36 Walnut St. building permit application (Continued to September PHC meeting) PDF July 21, 2020
232-36 Walnut St. public comment PDF July 29, 2020
520 Kauffman St. building permit application PDF July 21, 2020
520 Kauffman St. building permit application (Amendment) PDF August 7, 2020
527-37 W Girard Ave. building permit application PDF July 21, 2020
527-37 W. Girard Ave supplemental materials PDF August 6, 2020
737 Walnut St. building permit application (Supplemented) PDF August 7, 2020
737 Walnut St. SHCA comment PDF July 27, 2020
1106 Chestnut St. building permit application (Withdrawn) PDF July 23, 2020
1232 Waverly St. building permit application PDF July 21, 2020
1600-06 E. Berks St. building permit application PDF July 21, 2020
Letter and report from L&I Commissioner regarding 1600-06 E. Berks St, 7-27-2020 PDF July 27, 2020
Historical Commission draft meeting minute - 1600-06 E. Berks St. PDF July 27, 2020
Letter from L&I Commissioner regarding 1600-06 E. Berks St, 7-9-2020 PDF July 9, 2020
Letter regarding stained glass and murals at 1600-06 E. Berks St. PDF July 9, 2020
Additional correspondence and public comment on 1600-06 E. Berks St. received by 7-9-2020 PDF July 9, 2020
Additional correspondence and public comment on 1600-06 E. Berks St. received after 7-9-2020 PDF July 21, 2020
WJE review of proposed demolition of 1600-06 E. Berks St. PDF July 22, 2020
WJE presentation for 1600-06 E. Berks St. PDF July 27, 2020
Representation of neighborhood testimony - 1600-06 E. Berks St. PDF July 27, 2020
Letter from Mattioni, LTD regarding 1600-06 E. Berks St. PDF July 27, 2020
1607 St. Paul St. building permit application PDF July 21, 2020
1703 W. Diamond St. building permit application PDF July 21, 2020
1707 Porter St. building permit application PDF July 21, 2020
1730 Wharton St. building permit application PDF July 21, 2020
5900 Germantown Ave. building permit application (Withdrawn) PDF July 21, 2020
Columbus statue - Abernathy memo PDF July 17, 2020
Columbus statue - Application PDF July 17, 2020
Columbus statue - Staff overview and recommendation PDF July 17, 2020
Columbus statue - Morello public comment PDF July 17, 2020
Columbus statue - Bochetto correspondence PDF July 17, 2020
Columbus statue - Bochetto public comment PDF July 17, 2020
Columbus statue - Bochetto public comment II PDF July 22, 2020
Columbus statue - Bochetto public comment III PDF July 23, 2020
Columbus statue - Public comment received by July 17, 2020 PDF July 17, 2020
Columbus statue - Public comment received between July 18-23, 2020 PDF July 23, 2020
Columbus statue - Public comment received July 23-24, 2020 PDF August 3, 2020
Columbus statue - Public comment last compilation PDF August 5, 2020
Columbus statue - Designation files PDF July 17, 2020
Columbus statue - List of speakers provided by George Bochetto PDF July 23, 2020
Columbus statue - Court order - July 16, 2020 PDF July 17, 2020
Columbus statue - Posting for meeting - July 16, 2020 PDF August 5, 2020
Columbus statue - Inquirer announcement - July 19, 2020 PDF August 5, 2020
Columbus statue - Attendance report from July 24, 2020 meeting PDF August 5, 2020
Columbus statue - Q&A report from July 24, 2020 meeting PDF August 5, 2020
Columbus statue - Historical Commission decision letter - July 29, 2020 PDF August 5, 2020

Designation matters under review

Title Description Category Author Date Format
122 S. 19th St. nomination PDF November 6, 2019
156 W. School House Ln. nomination PDF May 6, 2020
208-10 Rex Ave. nomination PDF April 9, 2019
210-12 N. 12th St. nomination PDF July 20, 2020
500 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd. nomination PDF May 18, 2020
527-37 W. Girard Ave. nomination PDF August 7, 2020
527-37 W Girard Ave. letters of support PDF May 18, 2020
801-15 N. 4th St. and 319 Brown St. nomination PDF April 9, 2019
1045-49 Sarah St. nomination PDF November 19, 2019
1132 Marlborough St. nomination PDF April 30, 2020
1533-39 N. 7th St. nomination PDF April 30, 2020
1615-31 N. Delaware Ave. nomination PDF August 7, 2020
1615-31 N. Delaware Ave. owner response PDF August 6, 2020
1615-31 N. Delaware Ave. public comment PDF August 6, 2020
1617 Walnut St nomination PDF July 27, 2020
1801-03-N-Howard-St-nomination PDF April 30, 2020
1809-11 N. Howard St. nomination PDF January 3, 2020
1810 Chestnut St. nomination PDF June 5, 2020
1826 Chestnut St. nomination PDF July 20, 2020
2501-61 N. 15th St. nomination PDF March 3, 2020
3101 and 3143 W. Passyunk Ave. nomination PDF June 5, 2020
3412 Haverford Ave. nomination PDF May 7, 2020
3414 Haverford Ave. nomination PDF May 7, 2020
3611-31 Spring Garden St. historic district (Under consideration) PDF Nomination, inventory, and boundary map for the proposed 3611-31 Spring Garden St. historic district. March 5, 2020
3701-15 Chestnut St. nomination PDF September 17, 2019
4649 Umbria St nomination PDF August 7, 2020
5250 Unruh Ave. nomination PDF April 30, 2020
Automobile Row Thematic historic district (Under consideration) PDF Nomination, inventory, and map of the proposed Automobile Row Thematic historic district. March 5, 2020
Automobile Row Thematic historic district - 142-44 N Broad St. owner response PDF February 28, 2020
Carnegie Library Thematic historic district (Under consideration) PDF Nomination, inventory, and map of the proposed Carnegie Library Thematic historic district. March 5, 2020
Central Mt. Airy Commercial historic district nomination (Under consideration) PDF Nomination, inventory, and boundary map for the proposed Central Mt. Airy Commercial historic district. February 7, 2020
French Village historic district (Under consideration) PDF Nomination, inventory, and boundary map for the proposed French Village historic district. February 11, 2020
Jewelers' Row historic district (Under consideration) PDF Nomination, inventory, and boundary map for the proposed Jewelers' Row historic district. March 28, 2019
Jewelers' Row consultant report received February 14, 2020 PDF February 14, 2020
Jewelers' Row nominator expert testimony presented February 19, 2020 PDF February 24, 2020
Jewelers' Row historic district - PCPC comment January 22, 2020 PDF March 6, 2020
Jewelers' Row historic district - Continuance request March 6, 2020 PDF March 6, 2020

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