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.

Preservation Briefs

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).

HARB Certificate of Appropriateness (CofA) Application (PDF 190KB)

Addenda: (PDFs)

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)

Additions & New Construction Checklist
Renovations & Alterations Checklist
Repairs & Replacement Checklist

Historic Preservation Awards

The HARB and the Historical Commission periodically co-sponsor awards. The 2017 Historic Preservation Awards will be announced in September and an awards ceremony will be held October 19 at the Merion Tribute House.

Projects that have been completed within the last five calendar years are eligible for consideration in this year’s award program. Completed applications with all accompanying materials must be received by Friday, September 22, 2017. The deadline has been extended one week from the original date.

Download the Historic Preservation Awards Application Form (PDF, 537 KB)

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 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

MEETING NOTICE
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, June 6, 2017 at 8:15 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.
      17-09

            Property:  7 Station Road, Ardmore, PA 19003
            Applicant: Joseph Amrani, Delice & Chocolat
            District: Ardmore

Applicant appeared before the HARB in May seeking approval to repaint a sign and install a new awning. Their work has expanded to include vinyl lettering on the exteriors of storefront windows, including lettering applied to transom windows that have been painted.



Application No.
      17-10

            Property: 18 W. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
            Applicant: Domenic Mercuri
            District: Ardmore

New sign for a restaurant (replacing the Froyo Lala frozen yogurt shop) and awning above storefront windows. Sign will consist of internally illuminated channel letters and smaller vinyl letters mounted to a painted alumalite (corrugated plastic with aluminum surface) panel totaling 30 square feet.



Application No.
      17-11

            Property: 1014 Youngsford Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035
            Applicant: Carolyn Sutor
            District: Gladwyne

The Gladwyne Animal Hospital seeks to remove all poured concrete walkways and replace them with Cambridge Ledgestone pavers. An 18-24 inch high curved stone veneer wall will border three stairs adjoining the front sidewalk.



Application No.
      17-12

            Property: 651 Merion Square Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035
            Applicant: Style Homes, LLC
            District: Mill Creek

The applicant first came to HARB in February for the design of a new house on a currently vacant lot. The application was tabled, and the applicant returns with a new design for the home by McIntyre Capron & Associates. The new design features stone, HardiePlank horizontal lapped siding, and Azek/HardiePlank board and batten on some upper gables.


 

NOTE: Applications acted upon at the Historical Architectural Review Board will be discussed at the following meetings:

Building & Planning Committee
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
approx. 6:30 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Board of Commissioners
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
approx. 7:30 PM
Board Room, Township Building

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

Board Members:
Scott Kalner, Chair
Philip Franks, Vice-Chair
Julie Alexandre
Ann Shepard Houston
Philip Ivory
Ina Sargen
Sharon Sorokin 
 
Next HARB meeting: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 8:15 A.M.

 

 

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