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: Gerry Fisher



        1   Township update on criteria update process and historic resource update schedule

        2   Update: Merion Cricket Club Land Development plan and Conditional Use approval


Demolition/Renovation Permit

       3   1301 West Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr – Ashbridge Barn – Class 2 – 2018-R-3

The Township proposes to renovate the larger barn at Ashbridge Memorial Park, which was built in 1927. Work includes replacement of lapped siding and 13 windows.

       4   911 Old Lancaster Road, Bryn Mawr – Class 2 – 2018-R-4

Applicant proposes to replace existing vinyl windows with new vinyl windows with the same general specifications.

       5   Update: 601 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd – Class 2 – 2016-LD-22

In July 2016, a preliminary proposal for this site, the former Pencoyd Iron Works, was presented to the Commission. At that time, the applicant said they would return when elevations of the new buildings were ready. The applicant now returns with those elevations and other details of the upcoming development, which re-uses portions of the site’s industrial buildings.

       6   256 Broughton Lane, Villanova – Class 2 – 2018-R-2

Applicant proposes demolishing the resource, a two-story detached dwelling that was once an outbuilding of the Walnut Hill estate. Application was tabled in January.


Inventory Amendment

       7   501-507 Old Lancaster Road, Haverford – 2018-IA-5

Application to add two single-family residences to the Historic Resource Inventory as historic resources. Though the properties are in the Haverford Station Historic District, which is overseen by the HARB, the Township Code only gives the Historical Commission the authority to add resources to the Inventory. The properties are currently un-classed, but classification is required to allow for development on the site. Both residences are mid- or late-19th century structures. One of the homes would be moved to another end of the property as part of the development proposal.


       8   Reorganization


January 22, 2018 Meeting Notes

Assignment to Building and Planning Committee meeting


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

Building & Planning Committee
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
approx. 7:00 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Board of Commissioners
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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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