Chapter 88 Historic Districts: https://ecode360.com/6528463

Chapter 155 Zoning:  https://ecode360.com/6532485

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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CANCELLED: Historical Commission

Regular Monthly Meeting

Chair: Christian Busch
Vice-Chair: Melanie Piltch

The Monday, March 23, 2020 Historical Commission Meeting Has Been Cancelled.

 

The Historical Commission will not be meeting in April, though Township staff will be providing recommendations on two applications to the Board of Commissioners for their scheduled April 15 meeting. Recommendations will be based on comments from members of the Historical Commission and the public. Public comment on these applications is welcome, and will be accepted until noon on Friday, March 27. Comments may be sent to: gprichard@lowermerion.org

You can view the application materials on Sharebase by clicking here.

 

1. 2020-R-9 - 6 Bala Avenue, Bala Cynwyd - French International School - Class 2

An application to renovate a former residence for use by the school was recommended for approval in February. Investigation of the structure by the applicant has shown that a center chimney original to the residence is badly damaged and needs to be removed.

 

2. 2020-R-10 - 625 West Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr - Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church - Class 2

The Church seeks to remove a porte-cochere connecting the sanctuary and Ministry Center, and construct an enclosed link between the two buildings. A conceptual design for this modification had been reviewed by the Commission previously, but the design was revised substantially since that time.

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