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   40 East Montgomery Avenue, Ardmore – Suburban Square Strawbridge & Clothier – Class 2 – 2017-R-20

Review of the appearance and screening of a cooling tower and boiler room on the roof of the building. These elements had not been presented as aspects of the project when it was reviewed for facade and signage earlier this year. Although construction is nearly complete, the Commission is being asked for advice on material selection and possible screening of these two roof elements.

       2   108 North Highland Avenue, Bala Cynwyd – St. Matthias Church Convent – Class 2 – 2017-R-21

Application to install a ramp leading to the front door of the former convent building, built ca. 1940. The exposed face of the ramp wall will be stuccoed to match the look of the building's precast stonework. Railings will be aluminum finished in black. A mounted light fixture will be installed on the face of the building to illuminate the ramp.

Land Development Permit

       3   325 Montgomery Avenue, Haverford – Merion Cricket Club – Class 1 – 2017-R-22

The Club has acquired several parcels adjoining the club grounds and has developed a master plan. Aspects of the plan include reconfiguring paddle and tennis courts, preserving and repurposing four dwellings facing Elbow Lane, adding a pool and pool structure, increasing parking area, and constructing a small addition to the clubhouse. Seven dwellings (none historically designated) with frontages on Elbow Lane, Grays Lane and Cheswold Lane would be demolished. Applicant seeks Conditional Use approval for impervious surface requirements and Land Development.


September 23, 2017 Meeting Notes

Assignment to Building and Planning Committee meeting

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

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

Board of Commissioners
Wednesday, November 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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