Reading Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB)

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Reading HARB’s Mission: To exercise the functions, duties, responsibilities, and activities set forth in the City of Reading Historic District Ordinance.

The HARB is an advisory group committed to preserving key historic architectural features and character within the Historic Districts of Reading. 

To protect the historic features, the HARB must approve proposed changes to properties or buildings within certain historic districts and deem the alterations appropriate. Each change is assessed in order to ensure that it will enhance or preserve the historic architecture and character of a neighborhood, as well as prevent the loss of irreplaceable features.  Architectural changes include new construction, demolition, exterior renovations, and signage that is visible from public rights of way such as streets and alleys.   

Historic Architectural Review Boards were authorized in Pennsylvania by the “Historic District Act,” Generally Assembly #167 of 1961, amended 1963. 

Refer to the ‘Regulated Districts’ section to see if your property requires approval from the Reading HARB for any exterior alterations.

Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM in the Penn Room

Liaison: Amy Johnson, Historic Preservation Specialist, 610-655-6414

Bill No. 33, October 25, 1978 (7 members), amended Bill No. 18, May 5, 1982 (9 members), amended Bill No. 35, October 7, 1982, amended as Bill No. 35, December 13, 1999. (11 members), amended Bill 57, August 23, 2010 to include a removal process.

Term: The terms of members shall be fixed so that no more than four terms shall expire during the same calendar year. Upon the expiration of the term of any member, a successor shall be appointed to serve for a term of three (3) years.

Council11 Members5 Year Term 
 Date AppointedDate ReappointedTerm Expiration
Aaron Booth, Architect - Chair9/28/20093/12/20123/12/2017
Cynthia Ann LaSota - Vice Chair3/9/19944/27/20094/27/2014
Vacant   
Vacant   
William Sands III12/10/2012 12/10/2017
Vacant   
Erin Weller6/11/2012 6/11/2017
Peter Hart5/14/2012 5/14/2017
Allen W. Webster1/11/199912/28/200912/28/2014
Vacant   
Vacant - Trades Professional   

 

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