Chapter 88 Historic Districts:

Chapter 155 Zoning:

The Historical Commission shall perform those duties established by Chapter 88 and by Chapter 155 with respect to recommending to the Board of Commissioners those properties to be placed on or removed from the Historic Resource Inventory, distinguishing between those properties to be classified as Class I and Class II Historic Resources. The Historical Commission shall further give counsel to the Board of Commissioners, as provided for in this chapter and in Chapters 62, 135 and 155, regarding the preservation or demolition of those resources of historic significance located in the Township, but not within a local historic district.

Application for Review (PDF, 148 KB) - To initiate the process of obtaining a building permit for a property on the Historic Resource inventory (HRI), applicants must submit a completed copy of this application.

The Historic Resource Preservation Ordinance - enacted 3/15/2000, contains the references to all Code Chapters impacted by this ordinance.

The story of the township's Historic Road Markers.

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) 

Useful Links

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 Historical Commission Meeting Dates

Subject to later notice of change of time and location, Renovation, Conditional Use and Inventory Amendment Applications of Historic Resources will be heard starting at 4:00 PM on the below dates.

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Historical Commission

Regular Monthly Meeting

Chair: Christian Busch
Vice-Chair: Gerry Fisher




    1. 325 Penn Road, Wynnewood: Maybrook Apartment Building Parking Garage. 2016-M-21
      The April 18, 2002 Conditions of Approval require Historical Commission’s review of the parking garage, focusing on the view from the surrounding neighborhood and the Wynnewood train station. A preliminary design was presented to the Commission in January, 2003, during which time it was made clear that the design would change. In the intervening years a new owner has taken over the Maybrook project, and the parking garage has been redesigned and its materials detailed. The garage now returns to the HC to follow the condition set forth 14 years ago. Attached are background information, site plan, elevations and renderings, and material specifications.


    • Porch decking material review
    • Window replacement: Clarification of requirements for applications
    • Project update: Knox Home chimneys
    • Subcommittee update: Ardmore Presbyterian Church Parish House (window replacement)
    • Subcommittee updates: 205 East Athens Avenue, Ardmore; Stoneleigh mansion
    • Historic Preservation Awards


    May 23, 2016 Meeting Notes
    Assignment to July 13 Building and Planning Committee meeting


    July 18, 2016, Monday, 4:00 PM

NOTE: Applications acted upon at the Historical Commission will be discussed at the following meetings:

Building & Planning Committee
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
approx. 7:00 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Board of Commissioners
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
8:00 PM
Board Room, Township Building

If an application is TABLED, it is not forwarded to the Building and Planning Committee. If you are uncertain about whether or not a plan has been tabled, please call the Planning Division at 610-645-6112. If you have a disability and require auxiliary aid, service or other accommodations to participate in the proceedings, please contact Jody Kelley, Township Secretary at 610-645-6145 to discuss how the Township can accommodate your needs.


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