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:
Historical Architectural Review Board
Regular Monthly Meeting
- Date: 01/08/2019 8:15 AM
- Location: Township Administration Bldg - 2nd Floor Board Room
75 East Lancaster Ave, 2nd Floor Board Room
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, January 8, 2019 at 8:15 AM in the Board 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:
- 18-26 – 22 West Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore – Ardmore Historic District
Application was tabled in November, 2018. The applicant proposes to replace second and third story double-hung sash windows with clad wood casement windows, which is necessary for egress. An aluminum door matching the design of the existing storefront doors is proposed for the west end of the ground level façade. The applicant returns with a revision to their previously presented design, including the renovation of the third floor gable and dormer, where paneling has since been removed to reveal original elements.
- 19-01 – 5 West Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore – Ardmore Historic District
Application to install signage for the Buena Vista Mexican restaurant facing both the Lancaster Avenue storefront and the rear parking lot. Front signs would consist of illuminated channel letters and cabinet. The large rear signs would be visible from the railroad and would replace existing signage from a previous tenant.
- 19-02 – 438 Old Lancaster Road, Haverford – Haverford Station Historic District
Residence was severely damaged by a tree last spring. Extensive repairs have been done using in-kind materials. Resident now seeks to install a standing seam metal roof on the reconstructed porch. Irreparable windows are being replaced with Andersen 400 series Woodwright windows.
- December 4, 2018 Meeting Minutes
- Update on Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and presentation on proposed Neighborhood Conservation Districts
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.
Greg Prichard, Secretary
Betsy Cremer, Chair
Sharon Sorokin, Vice-Chair
Ruth Cook Rowe