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 - REVISED x2

Regular Monthly Meeting

Chair: Christian Busch
Vice-Chair: Melanie Piltch



Inventory Amendment

       1   1219 Bryn Tyddyn Drive, Gladwyne – Bryn Tyddyn Cottage – 2018-IA-17

Application to add the c. 1922 cottage on the property to the Historic Resource Inventory as a Class II resource.


Demolition/Renovation Permit

       2   35 South Wyoming Avenue, Ardmore – Class 2 – 2018-R-19

Application to remove a non-historic prefabricated freestanding single-bay garage, and to replace it with a prefabricated freestanding double-bay garage.


Informal Review - Land Development Permit

       3   718 Sussex Road, Wynnewood – Knox Home – Class 1 – 2018-LD-18

Application to construct a new school building on the Knox Home property. Existing buildings are to be re-used and retained, with the exception of the removal of a portion of the chicken coop/barn building. A Historic Resource Impact Study has been provided. This discussion will be for comment only, to assess the concept of the site plan and completeness of the Impact Study. The applicant will return with a complete application at a later date.



Lower Merion Conservancy Plaque Program


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

Building & Planning Committee
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
approx. 7:00 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Board of Commissioners
Wednesday, August 1, 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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