Preservation Resources



Overbrook Farms Historic District Nomination & Contributing Properties Inventory
This is the full and updated (2019) nomination prepared and submitted by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. It includes a detailed listing of all of the properties considered “contributing” to historical significance.

Philadelphia Historical Commission Rules & Regulations
This document contains all of the rules, regulations and processes that are followed and enforced by the Commission.

Philadelphia Historical Commission Ordinance
This document is the underlying piece of legislation created by City Council to form and govern the Commission.


Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
The Preservation Alliance is an independent, nonprofit advocacy organization for historic preservation, unaffiliated with the City of Philadelphia. It is a go-to resource for the preservation community and owners of historic buildings. Their Marketplace Directory has a wealth of contractors and resources for preservation, and their Preservation Toolkit and Philadelphia Resources Directory are home to further links to regional resources.

Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force
Organized by the Mayor’s Office and Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Task Force is a new initiative of the City to improve its approach to preservation policy and advocate for greater, preservation-related owner/developer benefits. Its website has a wealth of resources for owners of historic buildings, notably its Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit, Resources for Homeowners, and Historic Designation FAQs.

Philadelphia Historical Commission
The Commission is the City-created agency responsible for overseeing historically designated properties and districts. Its website publishes the schedule of Commission Meetings & Agendas has a number of resources, such as Information for Property Owners.

Overbrook Farms Club-Preservation Alliance Community Informational Presentation
The above-linked PDF is a presentation given by the Overbrook Farms Club with the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia on August 19 and September 16, 2019 to provide neighbors with information on what it means to own property in an Historic District. The presentation was originally authored by the Philadelphia Historical Commission and used with permission for these presentations.