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



516 New Gulph Rd, White House, Class 2, Haverford.

Due to a discrepancy in Township records, this resource (HA080) had been falsely listed under a past address, 515 W. Montgomery Avenue. Although the project is now underway, the architect comes to the Historical Commission to provide information about the project, which includes a new rear porch and other modifications to the rear of the residence.


Conditional Use Approval

44 Linwood Ave, Ardmore – Class 2 – 2017-CU-12

Applicant seeks conditional use approval to convert a carriage house into a 2-3 bedroom apartment. No exterior modifications will be made.

Land Development Plan

306 W Montgomery Ave, Bryn Mawr – Bedford Hall, Harcum College – Class 2 – 2017-LD-11

Construction of a garden memorial to a deceased teacher in the front yard of this former residence, now used for Harcum College offices. The memorial will be oval shaped with a stone sitting wall, 24" high, with bluestone cap.

6/18 Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood – Palmer – Class 1 – 2017-LD-13

Owner proposes to construct a 4-story apartment structure for 22 units over an underground parking area located on the western part of the property. The historic resources on the property include a 110-unit apartment building and a chapel converted into a medical office building. Applicant previously appeared before the HC on May 23, 2016 and returns with modifications to the façade of the proposed new building.

Demolition/Renovation Permit

40 W Montgomery Ave, Ardmore – Former Suburban Sq. Strawbridge & Clothier – Class 2 – 2017-R-14

Modifications to the 1930 retail building, including replacement of all windows (including storefront windows), installation of metal canopies above ground floor, and installation of tenant signage and banners in various locations.


NOTE: Applications acted upon at the Historical Commission 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. 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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