Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau for Historic Preservation, Keystone Building
400 North Street, 2nd Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0093
This State Commission reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, conducts initial reviews of applications for the federal investment tax credit for the restoration and rehabilitation of historic properties, and provides information and technical assistance. Its Pennsylvania History and Museum Program and Keystone Historic Preservation Grants are available to eligible organizations.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has entered its complete inventory of National Register and National Historic Landmark properties in the Commonwealth on a new website called ARCH. It includes more than 3000 National Register nominations.
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
1616 Walnut Street, Suite 2110
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Alliance is the Philadelphia region’s non-profit preservation leader, dedicated to the protection and appropriate development of Greater Philadelphia’s historic resources – buildings, communities, and landscapes. A membership organization, Alliance programs include public advocacy, the acquisition and maintenance of preservation easements, and the provision of grants and technical assistance to stewards of historic house museums. The Alliance sponsors the annual Preservation Achievement Awards and conducts monthly insider tours of historic places, publishes Preservation Matters, a quarterly newsletter, maintains an award-winning web site with the latest in preservation news, and has a number of publications available to the public.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Northeast Field Office
6401 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
The field office of the private, non-profit organization chartered by Congress in 1949 serves Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. The Trust encourages public participation in preservation, provides limited financial assistance through grant and loan programs, and publishes widely.
257 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
This statewide membership organization assists Pennsylvania communities and groups to protect and utilize the historic resources they want to preserve. It also monitors state legislative activity, publishes a newsletter, and administers a grant program for Philadelphia preservation projects.
Philadelphia City Archives
3101 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The City Archives contains deeds and mortgages from the founding of Philadelphia to 1952, birth, death, and cemetery records up to 1915, and an excellent early photograph collection, all invaluable in researching an old Philadelphia house.
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
A rare book and research library with collections documenting the history and background of American culture from the Colonial period to the Civil war.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1250 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The Athenaeum holds an extensive collection of architectural plans and drawings by noted Philadelphia architects and other materials useful in researching old Philadelphia houses.