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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Merion Friends History Festival

  • Date: 05/20/2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Location: Merion Friends Meeting House
    615 Montgomery Avenue
    Merion Station, Pennsylvania 19066
  • Introduction: Merion Friends Meeting, LM Historical Society & LM Conservancy have partnered on this family-oriented festival.

Merion Friends Meeting, the Lower Merion Historical Society and the Lower Merion Conservancy have partnered to present this family-oriented festival focused on Lower Merion in the period 1820-1860, when horses were key to the local economy and Quakers played a significant role in the community.

The festival is FREE and open to the public. Step into the year 1850 when you enter the campus of Merion Friends Meeting at 615 Montgomery Avenue in Merion on Saturday May 20, 2017 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Learn about the key role of horses in Lower Merion at this time and about the challenges to simplicity-loving Quakers presented by growing wealth.  There will be re-enactors in period garb, a blacksmith demonstration, a quilt turning and period crafts and games for children. Visitors may also take tours of both the Meetinghouse, which dates to 1695, and the burying ground, oldest in the area.  Hand-cut silhouettes and horse-drawn carriage rides will be available for a fee and visitors may purchase hot and cold food from the period. 

In response to this year’s One Book, One Lower Merion selection,  "The Underground Railroad," by Colson Whitehead, and other popular media, there has been renewed interest in the journeys of enslaved people and the Underground Railroad. Festival exhibits will include Quakers’ roles in the American abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad as well as the role of horses and carriages in Lower Merion then; and Quaker dress in the early nineteenth century.

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(Information courtesy of the Lower Merion Historical Society.) 

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