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: Melanie Piltch



1. 2018-R-29 – 805 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley – Class 2

Application was tabled in November. The applicant proposes to replace existing wood casement and double-hung windows. Third floor double casement windows will be replaced with single casements replicating the current fenestration.


2. 2018-R-27 – 1124 Indian Creek Road, Wynnewood – Class 2

Application was tabled in November. The applicant wishes to replace all windows in this large house. The repair of metal casement windows was approved in November, and the applicant returns with new information about the replacement of wood windows. All replacements will replicate existing fenestration.


3. 2018-R-26 – 405 North Highland Avenue, Merion Station – Class 2

Application to replace all wood double-hung sash wood windows in the home, including several Gothic arched-shaped windows.


4. 2018-R-30 – 15 West Old Gulph Road, Gladwyne – Class 1

Application to replace a cedar shake roof with Inspire Aledora synthetic slate.


5. 2018-R-31 – 768 Mount Moro Road, Villanova – Class 2

Application to replace original wood casement and double-hung windows and add Hardie Plank siding to dormers that are currently finished with stucco.


6. 2018-R-32 – 6 Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood – Palmer Apartments – Class 1

The application to construct a new four-story apartment building adjoining the existing historic Green Hill Farms complex was last reviewed by the Historical Commission in May, 2017. The applicant returns with changes to the architecture and materials of the proposed new building.



  • Window sample document package
  • Lower Merion Conservancy Plaque Program
  • November 26, 2018 Meeting Minutes



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

Building & Planning Committee
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
approx. 7:00 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Board of Commissioners
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 
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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