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Philadelphia Historical Commission

The Historical Commission is the City of Philadelphia’s historic preservation regulatory agency. The Commission itself consists of fourteen members representing a breadth of perspectives. The Mayor appoints eight of the members to the Commission; the remaining six are ex-officio members. The Commission has the authority to designate properties as historic and list them on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and to approve or deny building permit applications for designated properties. The Architectural Committee is a technical advisory committee to the Commission. Its members are architects, contractors, and structural engineers, and other experts in the field of historic preservation.

  • The Architectural Committee meets monthly in Room 18-029, 1515 Arch Street.
  • The Historical Commission meets the second Friday of the month at 9:00 am, 1515 Arch Street Room 18-029.
  • The Committee on Historic Designation and Committee on Financial Hardship meet on an as-needed basis.

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA

City of Philadelphia http://www.phila.gov
Philadelphia Historical Commission http://www.phila.gov/historical
Department of Licenses & Inspections http://www.phila.gov/li/
Office of Property Assessment (OPA) http://property.phila.gov/#
Philadelphia City Planning Commission http://www.philaplanning.org
Fairmount Park Commission http://www.fairmountpark.org
Free Library of Philadelphia http://www.library.phila.gov

REGIONAL PRESERVATION

Brandywine Conservancy http://www.brandywineconservancy.org
Bucks County Historical Society http://www.mercermuseum.org
Bucks County Planning Commission http://www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/CommunityServices/PlanningCommission/index.aspx
Heritage Conservancy http://www.heritageconservancy.org
Delaware County Historical Society http://www.delawarecountyhistoricalsociety.org
Delaware County Planning Commission http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/planning/
Chester County Historical Society http://www.chestercohistorical.org
Chester County Planning Commission http://dsf.chesco.org/planning/site/default.asp
Field Notes (Preservation Alliance Blog) http://fieldnotesphilly.wordpress.com
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission – DVRPC http://www.dvrpc.org
Lower Merion Historical Society http://www.lowermerionhistory.org
Lower Merion Conservancy http://www.lmconservancy.org
Montgomery County Planning Commission http://planning.montcopa.org/planning/site/default.asp
Montgomery County Lands Trust http://www.mclt.org
Conservancy of Montgomery County http://www.conservemontco.org
Natural Lands Trust http://www.natlands.org

PHILADELPHIA NEIGHBORHOODS

Center City District http://www.centercityphila.org
Center City Residents Association (CCRA) http://www.centercityresidents.org
Chestnut Hill Conservancy http://www.chconservancy.org
Logan Square Neighborhood Association http://www.lsnaphilly.org
Old City Civic Association (OCCA) http://www.oldcitycivic.org
Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) http://www.pacdc.org
Philadelphia Neighborhood Information System http://cml.upenn.edu/nis/
Queen Village Neighborhood Association (QVNA) http://www.qvna.org
Mt. Airy USA http://www.mtairyusa.org
New Kensington CDC http://www.nkcdc.org
Society Hill Civic Association (SHCA) http://www.societyhillcivic.com
University City Historical Society (UCHS) http://www.uchs.net
University City District (UCD) http://www.ucityphila.org

ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY

Center for Northeast Philadelphia History http://www.nephillyhistory.com/1cnephtest/cnephhome.htm
CRGIS- Pennsylvania’s Cultural Resourses Geographic Information System http://www.dot7.state.pa.us/ce
ExplorePAhistory.com http://www.explorehistory.com
Historical Society of Pennsylvania http://www.hsp.org
The Independence Hall Association http://www.ushistory.org/iha.html
Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project http://www.philadelphiabuildings.org
Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries http://www.pacscl.org
Philadelphia Athenaeum: Architectural Archives http://www.philaathenaeum.org/
Philadelphia City Archive http://www.phillyhistory.org

LOCAL ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

American Institute of Architects – AIA Philadelphia http://www.aiaphila.org
Design Advocacy Group – DAG http://www.designadvocacy.org
Hidden City Daily http://hiddencityphila.org/
Temple University’s Tyler School of Art http://www.temple.edu/architecture/
University of Pennsylvania School of Design http://www.design.upenn.edu

OPEN SPACE / SMART GROWTH / PLANNING

10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania http://www.10000friends.org
Fairmount Park Art Association http://www.fpaa.org
Fairmount Park Conservancy http://www.fairmountparkconservancy.org
Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust http://www.fairmountparktrust.org
FixIt Philly http://fixitphilly.org/
PlanPhilly http://www.planphilly.com
Urban Land Institute – ULI Philadelphia http://www.philadelphia.uli.org