Photo: 6128 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19128

Roxborough Trust Company Building at Ridge Avenue and Green Lane


Through the Office of Councilman Jones Jr., and following the passage of The Ridge Avenue Demolition Moratorium on December 20, 2017 (Bill No. 170821), the Philadelphia Historical Commission has drafted a nomination for the creation of a Ridge Avenue Thematic Historic District.


The Thematic District identifies buildings, structures and sites linked by association, plan, design or history. The purpose of this initiative seeks to ensure the preservation of historically significant buildings and structures along Ridge Avenue from the Wissahickon Creek to the Montgomery County line.

Public Presentation

The Philadelphia Historical Commission (PHC) will provide a public presentation on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:00 p.m. at Roxborough Memorial Hospital's Wolcoff Auditorium located at 5800 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19128. During this public meeting, the staff of the Philadelphia Historical Commission (PHC) will present preliminary information on the nomination of a Ridge Avenue Thematic District, as well as an overview of the design review process for exterior renovations to designated buildings. Property owners of nominated buildings, business owners, and interested citizens are invited to this meeting prior to the consideration of the nomination of the Thematic District by the PHC. Learn more about:

  • The Benefits Of Historic Districts
  • The Permitting Process For Exterior Improvements
  • Ridge Avenue’s Historical & Cultural Assets

Parking for the presentation is available in the Jamestown Medical Office Building Parking Lot on Jamestown Street across from the Wolcoff Auditorium entrance. If you're coming from Ridge Avenue onto Jamestown Street, the Jamestown Medical Office Building Parking is the first entrance on your right.


Historic District Nomination & Inventory

The Philadelphia Historical Commission has prepared a Ridge Avenue Roxborough Thematic Historic District Nomination. The nomination includes basic information, descriptions as well as essays on the significance of nominated resources. 188 properties have been identified as part of the historic district nomination and are detailed in the Ridge Avenue Roxborough Thematic Historic District Inventory. Review the nomination as well as the historic inventory prepared by the Historical Commission below.

Ridge Avenue Roxborough Thematic Historic District Nomination

Ridge Avenue Roxborough Thematic Historic District Inventory

Historical Commission Meetings

The PHC will hold two public meetings to consider the nomination. At the first meeting, the PHC's Advisory Committee on Historic Designation assess the merits of the nomination on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 18-029, 1515 Arch Street. The PHC will review the Committee's recommendation and the nomination on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 18-029, 1515 Arch Street. Both meetings are open to the public, and will provide an opportunity for public comment. Find more information about PHC's Public Meetings.


Incentives For Historic Preservation

Storefront Improvement Program

Ridge Avenue contains an assortment of apartment buildings, single family homes, apartment complexes, institutions as well as commercial storefronts. Of the close to 350 properties within the Roxborough Business Improvement District over 200 are considered commercial storefronts. All Ridge Avenue commercial storefronts are eligible for the Storefront Improvement Program.

This program can reimburse up to 50% of the cost of eligible improvements—up to a maximum of $10,000 for a single commercial property, or up to $15,000 for a multiple-address or corner business property. For more information, read the SIP Guidelines and Application.

Storefront Improvement Program Guidelines and Application


Historic Designation Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about historic designation? Visit the Philadelphia Historical Commission's Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Frequently Asked Questions Page