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. Amended Bill 29-2015, June 22, 2015 decreasing the membership to 9.

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.

Council 11 Members 5 Year Term  
  Date Appointed Date Reappointed Term Expiration
Aaron Booth, Architect - Chairperson 09/28/2009 06/12/2017 06/12/2022
Prince - Cynthia Ann LaSota 03/09/1994 05/12/2014 05/12/2019
At large - Nigel Walker 12/23/2019   12/23/2024
Real Estate Broker - William Sands III 12/10/2012   12/10/2017
Centre Park - Sean Devine 02/23/2015   02/23/2020
The Heights - Erin Weller - Chair 06/11/2012 07/24/2017 07/24/2022
Building Trades - Peter Hart - resigned 05/14/2012   05/14/2017
Callowhill - Allen W. Webster - resigned 01/11/1999 12/22/2014 12/22/2019
Penn's Commons - Jill Fleming 11/27/2017   11/27/2022