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


Inventory Amendment

1   111 West Montgomery Ave, Ardmore – Milestone 10 – 2017-IA-15
Applicant seeks to add a historic Montgomery Avenue milestone to the Historic Resource Inventory as a historic object.

Demolition/Renovation Permit

2   382 Bala Ave, Bala Cynwyd – Levering Mill Tribute House – Class 1 – 2017-R-16
Applicant proposes a new accessible ramp on the rear of the building, replacing existing non-accessible metal stairs. Decorative elements such as railings will take influence from the historic building.

3   1016 Spring Mill Road, Villanova – Stoke Pogis Lodge – Class 2 – 2017-R-18
Addition of a rear two-story to replace an existing one-story shed roofed addition. Building will be evaluated for other needs and will be repaired/restored in kind.

Land Development Plan

4   128 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd – Temple Adath Israel – Class 2 – 2017-LD-17
This modern synagogue is best known for its 12-sided sanctuary designed by Pietro Belluschi and Charles Frederick Wise in 1956. The applicant proposes an addition to the northeast elevation of the northwest vestibule. It would cover a ca. 2003 cooling tower and create a clearly visible main entrance for more convenient access to the Main Sanctuary and other portions of the building. The area to the southeast of the southwest vestibule will be re-landscaped and the porte-cochere removed.


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

Building & Planning Committee
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
approx. 6:30 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Board of Commissioners
Tuesday, August 1, 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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