The Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) is a public advisory body created by state and local laws, the Board of Historical Architectural Review is known, locally and nationally, as HARB. HARB operates under the authority of the State of Pennsylvania's Historic District Act, General Assembly #167 of 1961, as amended 1963. Lower Merion Township's HARB was created by Ordinance #1902 of 1980.
HARB's purpose is to help protect the distinctive and historic character of Lower Merion Township by considering the effects of proposed changes to buildings and properties within historic districts and on the Historic Properties List and by ruling on their appropriateness.
The Historic Resource Preservation Ordinance - enacted 3/15/2000, contains the references to all Code Chapters impacted by this ordinance.
HARB Preservation Briefs is a series created and produced by the HARB for the Township.
A Short History of the Township - Brief No. 1
HARB's Role in the Community - Brief No. 2
Historic Districts: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - Brief No. 3
Researching Historic Properties - Brief No. 4
Historic Resources and Opportunities - Brief No. 5
HARB Guidelines for Applicants
A series of brochures, published by the HARB, that contain information about architectural review standards and guidelines to help move a project quickly through the approval process. The brochures are available from the Township's Building & Planning Department (610-645-6200). PDF copies are linked below.
General Information for Applicants - Guideline No. 1
New Construction and Additions - Guideline No. 2
Alterations and Renovations - Guideline No. 3
Repair and Replacement - Guideline No. 4
Signs and Awnings - Guideline No. 5A
Wood Windows - Guideline No. 6
HARB Certificate of Appropriateness Application
Download a Certificate of Appropriateness application and after completing the application, then download the map of the historic district in which your project is located. Please note that historic district maps are required as part of the application information. The application, addenda and checklists are also available in the Building & Planning Department of the Township of Lower Merion (610-645-6200).
CofA Application addendum for Signs & Awnings Only, includes checklist
Ardmore Storefront Design Guidelines
Ardmore Commercial Historic District Map
Gladwyne Historic District Map
Mill Creek Historic District Map
Haverford Station Historic District Map
English Village Historic District Map
Harriton Historic District Map
Merion Friends Meeting/General Wayne Inn Historic District Map
Submission Checklists: (PDFs)
Historic Preservation Awards
The HARB and the Historical Commission periodically co-sponsor awards. The 2017 Historic Preservation Awards were held on October 19 and took place at the Levering Mill Tribute House.
In 2017 the Township was proud to honor 9 historic preservation projects, 3 individuals for communication/education efforts, 8 past members of the HARB and Historical Commission, and Gerald Francis, recipient of the Robert DeSilets Award.
View the 2017 Historic Preservation Awards Presentation (PDF, 1.1 MB)
View the 2012 Historic Preservation Awards Presentation (PDF, 10.2 MB)
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
National Park Service Preservation Briefs
Upcoming HARB Meeting Dates
Submission materials, including completed application forms and all other supplemental material required, are due 11 days prior to the HARB meeting (typically two Fridays before the Tuesday HARB meeting). Subject to later notice of change of time and location, Applications for Certificates of Appropriateness will be heard starting at 8:15 AM on the following dates:
Historical Architectural Review Board
Regular Monthly Meeting
- Date: 11/01/2016 8:15 AM - 9:45 AM
- Location: Township Administration Bldg - 2nd Floor Board Room
75 East Lancaster Ave, 2nd Floor Board Room
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003-2323
HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD
LOWER MERION TOWNSHIP
Notice is hereby given that the Historical Architectural Review Board of Lower Merion Township will hold a meeting on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM in the Board Room on the Second Floor of the Township Building, 75 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA. The Board will review the following applications beginning at 8:30 AM:
Application No. 16-25
Property: 428 West Montgomery Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041
Applicant: Richard Welge
District: Haverford Station
This application seeks a Certificate of Appropriateness to install an exterior kitchen exhaust vent for this second story unit, creating a rectangular opening in the stone façade. (Continued from the October 11 HARB meeting. The Township determined that if an upper window sash [either new or retrofitted] is sealed and inoperable, the code provision stating that a vent cannot be within three feet of an operable window does not apply to that upper sash.)
Application No. 16-26
Property: 29-33 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
Applicant: Jack Burns Architecture
This application seeks a Certificate of Appropriateness to renovate three existing contiguous storefronts, including adding windows to the second floor front elevations, and restoring and uncovering elements such as brickwork and cornice. Rear detached garages will be removed except for rear walls.
Application No. 16-17
Property: 59 West Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
Applicant: Andrew L. Danieli, Pokéono
District: Ardmore Commercial
Follow-up from the July 26 HARB meeting. This application seeks a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a new sign over top of an awning that matches the existing awning in design and scale. The storefront is the second from the west in the 1929 Art Deco Ardmore landmark. The application also includes a rear awning similar in size and shape to the one present.
Application No. 16-27
Property: 1111 Youngs Ford Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035
Applicant: Celeste Ayjian
This application seeks a Certificate of Appropriateness to add a rear addition to this non-contributing property, which was built in 2003. The addition will be visible from Youngs Ford Road.
NOTE: Applications acted upon at the Historical Architectural Review Board will be discussed at the following meetings:
Building & Planning Committee
Board of Commissioners
If an application is TABLED, it is not forwarded to the Building and Planning Committee.
Anyone interested in reviewing the applications and plans submitted by the applicant may review this information in the Building Regulations Division of the Building and Planning Department at the Lower Merion Township Building (Monday-Friday, 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM).
Anyone requiring special accommodations to attend this meeting should contact this office at least three days prior to the meeting - (610) 645-6172.
Michael R. Wylie, Secretary
Scott Kalner, Chair
Philip Franks, Vice-Chair