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   298 Tower Lane, Penn Valley – Class 2 – 2017-R-2

Installation of a pool and deck adjoining the historic resource and an addition built in 2009-10.

       2   1862 Aloha Lane, Gladwyne – Class 2 – 2017-R-3

Replacement of windows in historic carriage house; main resource was demolished in 2010.

       3   227 Ivy Lane, Haverford – Class 2 – 2017-R-4

Various alterations including a new front portico, new sunroom windows, kitchen expansion, new attached 2-car garage with breezeway, and new garage and man doors at the existing garage.

       4   330 Gypsy Lane – Class 2 – 2016-R-25

Amendments to previous applications. Current application would remove previous unapproved modifications, remove a rear patio, convert circular front driveway to a gravel path, and proceed with an addition on the rear of the ca. 2004 attached garage.

       5   742 Argyle Road, Wynnewood – Torah Academy – Class 2 – 2017-R-5

A two-story addition to the northwest corner of the historic school building, replacement of all windows in the school, new lighting, new fencing to surround the property, and enclosure of the disused “ceremonial” front entrance (facing Argyle Rd.) with recessed windows.



  1. January 23 Meeting Minutes
  2. Assignment to March 8 Building and Planning Committee meeting



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

Building & Planning Committee
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
approx. 6:30 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Board of Commissioners
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
approx. 7:30 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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