Pelham Trust Building Historical Designation Hearing

June 7, 2022

The Pelham Trust building, most recently Santander Bank, is ripe for redevelopment. Apparently, it is currently unprotected by historical designation. Please read the email below for details of how to share your opinion of the relative importance of this historical building.

ACTION NEEDED: The former Pelham Trust Company at 6740 Germantown Avenue will be up for designation at the next meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission on 6/10/22 (meeting details below) Without designation, this impressive banking house, situated on a large lot and zoned for an apartment house, could be demolished with no discussion. Please call in to the Philadelphia Historical Commission meeting next Friday or send an email of support (details below). Community input is critical!

The Pelham Trust is listed as Significant in the Germantown Avenue Historic District, which is on the National Register and a National Historic Landmark, but not protected by the city. The Pelham Trust was nominated pro bono by the Keeping Society of Philadelphia. Please consider making a contribution at

To offer written comments prior to the meeting, send an email to Written comments received before Thursday, June 9 at 12:00 noon will be forwarded to the Commission members.

The nomination for the Pelham Trust is below:

The details of the meeting are below:

Philadelphia Historical Commission
Meeting of Friday, June 10, 2022
9:00 AM | Remote Meeting on Zoom Webinar


The Historical Commission will hold its June 10, 2022 meeting remotely using the Zoom Webinar platform. You can watch/listen and speak during the live meetings using your computer, tablet, or smartphone on Zoom. You can listen and speak during the live meetings on your telephone.

The meeting agenda, applications, nomination materials, and recent meeting minutes are available on the Historical Commission’s Public Meetings page. The Historical Commission will consider adopting the minutes of its most recent meeting at the upcoming meeting. The advisory committee minutes are not formally adopted, but are considered drafts until reviewed by the Historical Commission at the meeting.

To watch the meeting live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link on June 10.

Meeting Password: 242654

To listen to the meeting live on the telephone, call this number on June 10.

Telephone Number: 1-301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 879 2090 6096 #
Participant ID: #
Meeting Password: 242654

After the meeting, you can watch a recording of the meeting (and other earlier meetings) on the Recordings page of the Historical Commission’s website.