Philadelphia Historical Commission

The Historical Commission is the City of Philadelphia’s historic preservation regulatory agency. The Commission has the authority to designate properties as historic and list them on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and to approve or deny building permit applications for designated properties. More information can be found at

Of Local Historical Interest

Black Bottom History

Drexel University Archives

Lancaster Avenue History

Penn Archives & Resource Center

Powelton Village Interactive Map

University City District

West Philadelphia Collaborative History

West Philadelphia Community History

Philadelphia Historical Resources

Chestnut Hill Conservancy

East Falls Historical Society

Germantown Historical Society

Hidden City Philadelphia

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Lower Merion Historical Society

Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project

Philadelphia Athenaeum: Architectural Archives

Philadelphia City Archive

Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia

Local Civic & Neighborhood Associations

Cedar Park Neighbors

Cobbs Creek Neighbors

Crosstown Coalition of Civics

Friends of Clark Park

Garden Court

Mantua Civic Association

Spruce Hill Community Association

Powelton Village Civic Association

Walnut Hill Community Association

West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative


Becoming Penn, The Pragmatic American University, 1950-2000, By John L. Puckett and Mark Frazier Lloyd

Historic Architecture in West Philadelphia, 1789-1930s, By Joseph Minardi

Powelton Village, By M. Earl Smith, Introduction by Dr. Deborah Burnham

West Philadelphia: University City to 52nd Street, By Robert Morris Skaler

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