The Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) is a public advisory body created by state and local laws, the Board of Historical Architectural Review is known, locally and nationally, as HARB. HARB operates under the authority of the State of Pennsylvania's Historic District Act, General Assembly #167 of 1961, as amended 1963. Lower Merion Township's HARB was created by Ordinance #1902 of 1980.
HARB's purpose is to help protect the distinctive and historic character of Lower Merion Township by considering the effects of proposed changes to buildings and properties within historic districts and on the Historic Properties List and by ruling on their appropriateness.
The Historic Resource Preservation Ordinance - enacted 3/15/2000, contains the references to all Code Chapters impacted by this ordinance.
HARB Preservation Briefs is a series created and produced by the HARB for the Township.
A Short History of the Township - Brief No. 1
HARB's Role in the Community - Brief No. 2
Historic Districts: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - Brief No. 3
Researching Historic Properties - Brief No. 4
Historic Resources and Opportunities - Brief No. 5
HARB Guidelines for Applicants
A series of brochures, published by the HARB, that contain information about architectural review standards and guidelines to help move a project quickly through the approval process. The brochures are available from the Township's Building & Planning Department (610-645-6200). PDF copies are linked below.
General Information for Applicants - Guideline No. 1
New Construction and Additions - Guideline No. 2
Alterations and Renovations - Guideline No. 3
Repair and Replacement - Guideline No. 4
Signs and Awnings - Guideline No. 5A
Wood Windows - Guideline No. 6
HARB Certificate of Appropriateness Application
Download a Certificate of Appropriateness application and after completing the application, then download the map of the historic district in which your project is located. Please note that historic district maps are required as part of the application information. The application, addenda and checklists are also available in the Building & Planning Department of the Township of Lower Merion (610-645-6200).
CofA Application addendum for Signs & Awnings Only, includes checklist
Ardmore Storefront Design Guidelines
Ardmore Commercial Historic District Map
Gladwyne Historic District Map
Mill Creek Historic District Map
Haverford Station Historic District Map
English Village Historic District Map
Harriton Historic District Map
Merion Friends Meeting/General Wayne Inn Historic District Map
Submission Checklists: (PDFs)
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)
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 HARB Meeting Dates
Submission materials, including completed application forms and all other supplemental material required, are due 11 days prior to the HARB meeting (typically two Fridays before the Tuesday HARB meeting). Subject to later notice of change of time and location, Applications for Certificates of Appropriateness will be heard starting at 8:15 AM on the following dates:
REVISED: Historical Architectural Review Board
Meeting Location Changed to 2nd Floor Caucus Room
- Date: 02/02/2016 8:00 AM
- Location: Township Administration Bldg - 2nd Floor Caucus Room
75 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003-2323
HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD
LOWER MERION TOWNSHIP
Notice is hereby given that the Historical Architectural Review Board of Lower Merion Township will hold a meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM in the Caucus Room on the Second Floor of the Township Building, 75 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA. The Board will review the following applications beginning at 8:30 AM:
Application No. 16-03
Property: 19 W. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
Applicant: Lisa Welsh/First Position Dance Arts
District: Ardmore Commercial Center
This is an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the rear glass door assembly facing the parking lot.
Application No. 16-04
Property: 326 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035
Lot # 3 - new single-family dwelling – next to former Odd Fellows Hall
Applicant: Scott Gurten/318 Righters Mill LLC
The applicant requests a Certificate of Appropriateness to allow a recently constructed composite deck with vinyl railing to remain in place of the previously approved patio.
Application No. 16-05
Property: 17 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
Applicant: Philip Doherty/McCloskey's Tavern
District: Ardmore Commercial Center
This is an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the front door assembly, install a new awing, and install four exterior globe lights.
Application No. 16-02
Property: 47-65 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
Applicant: Matthew J. Koenig, AIA c/o Barton Partners
Owner: Cricket Court Partners, LP
District: Ardmore Commercial Center
This application was tabled at the January 5, 2016 HARB meeting. The applicant returns with revised plans and proposes to redevelop the temporary parking lot on the former Gillanes and Cardone Printing properties and the adjacent autobody shop property and requests a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct a 27,528 sq. ft. (building area foot print), five-story, mixed-use building with underground parking, first floor retail, and 77 residential rental units above. This includes a request to modify a previous Certificate of Appropriateness condition limiting a new mixed-use building to four stories, to allow a five-story building.
The Township requests recommendations from the HARB concerning the follow ordinance amendments:
SOUTH ARDMORE HISTORIC DISTRICT ORDINANCE AMENDMENT: to create and describe a new historic district to be designated the Ardmore Residential Historic District.
HISTORIC RESOURCE INVENTORY ORDINANCE AMENDMENT: to add the South Ardmore Residential Historic District properties to the Historic Resource Inventory and to upgrade certain properties on the Historic Resource Inventory.
HISTORIC OBJECTS ORDINANCE AMENDMENT: to amend the Code to include Historic Objects, add a new section of defined terms, amend the Historical Architectural Review Board membership requirements, amend definitions and terms defined, replace the term “Demolish” with “Remove”, add a new section Definitions to provide further clarity and better understanding of the terms relating to Historic Resources.
NOTE: Applications acted upon at the Historical Architectural Review Board will be discussed at the following meetings:
Building & Planning Committee
Board of Commissioners
If an application is TABLED, it is not forwarded to the Building and Planning Committee.
Anyone interested in reviewing the applications and plans submitted by the applicant may review this information in the Building Regulations Division of the Building and Planning Department at the Lower Merion Township Building (Monday-Friday, 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM).
Anyone requiring special accommodations to attend this meeting should contact this office at least three days prior to the meeting - (610) 645-6172.
Michael R. Wylie, Secretary
Scott Kalner, Chair
Philip Franks, Vice-Chair