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


Demolition/Renovation Permit

1   325 Penn Road, Wynnewood – Maybrook – Class 1 – 2016-R-31
A proposal to construct paddle tennis courts and a warming hut structure in lieu of previously approved tennis courts. This recreational area is to be constructed near the southeast corner of the main historic resource, the Maybrook mansion.

2   435 Spring Mill Road, Villanova – Class 2 – 2016-R-23
This application was first heard in September, when the expansion of an existing Florida room was recommended for approval. The applicant returns with details for the expansion of an existing deck.

3   770 Mount Moro Road Road, Villanova – Appleford – Class 1 – 2016-R-32
A proposal to replace an existing historic greenhouse with a modern structure with similar specifications. The historic greenhouse is in disrepair and would be too costly to restore.

4   325 West Montgomery Avenue, Haverford – Merion Cricket Club – Class 1 – 2016-R-33
Proposed modifications are the expansion of a roof dormer on the 1928 Locker Room Building to accommodate an elevator, the construction of a wall on the roof the Locker Room Building to hide mechanical equipment, the removal of an existing door and roof canopy on the west facade of the Main Clubhouse, and the re-opening of a double door on the west façade of the Main Clubhouse.

5   1007 Smith Drive, Penn Valley – Class 1 – 2016-R-34
Proposal to construct a 14-foot wide addition on the side elevation. The addition will be built into a sloping hillside, necessitating a new basement-level door facing the driveway leading into the Belmont Hills Pool parking lot. The addition would add a new front door facing Smith Drive. Formerly Township-owned, this property has a protective covenant on the facades of the residence.

6   407 Mill Creek Road, Gladwyne – Class 2 – 2016-R-35
A proposal to demolish the existing historic resource, retain the existing (non-historic) garage, and construct a new home of modern design on the site.



October 24, 2016 (Regular Meeting) and November 9 (Special Meeting) Meeting Minutes

Assignment to December 14 Building and Planning Committee meeting


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

Building & Planning Committee
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
approx. 7:00 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Board of Commissioners
Wednesday, December 21, 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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