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   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. Returning to the Commission after having been tabled in February.

       2   510 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bala Cynwyd – Bala Cynwyd Middle School – Class 2 – 2017-R-6

Proposal to construct a temporary modular building containing six classrooms. The two listed historic resources on the property are the Cynwyd Elementary School (Class 2, built 1915) and the Lower Merion Academy (Class 1, built 1813). The entire school property is National Register-listed.

       3   223 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station – Kohelet Yeshiva High School – Class 2 – 2017-R-7

Modifications to previously approved additions to the Kaplan Wing, an existing modern wing attached to the historic resource. The addition would be clad in red and gray brick; it was previously shown as stone with a relief panel and a different window arrangement.

Inventory Amendment

       4   335 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd – Miller Bell House – Class 2 – 2017-IA-9

Application to add a historic farmhouse to the Historic Resource Inventory. The house is planned to be retained as part of a larger apartment building development.


  1. Preliminary review of potential Township Administrative Review Guidelines
  2. February 27 Meeting Minutes
  3. Assignment to April 12 Building and Planning Committee meeting



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

Building & Planning Committee
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
approx. 6:30 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Board of Commissioners
Wednesday, April 19, 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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