Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB)


Purpose

The purpose of Gettysburg's Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) is to regulate the erection, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition or razing of buildings within the (local) historic districts (as designated by Gettysburg Borough Council).

HARB is an advisory board to Borough Council which, using its knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the Gettysburg Design Guide, makes recommendations to either approve or deny proposed alterations to properties in the Historic District. It is important to note that all decisions rendered must receive a majority vote of Council, or they do not stand. Although Council votes in favor of most HARB decisions, Council has overturned HARB in the past, on both major and minor issues.

HARB is composed of seven (7) regular members, appointed by Borough Council. Of those members, one (1) member must be a building inspector. All members must have demonstrated interest or related expertise in historic buildings.

If you live in the HARB District and are proposing to do any exterior work which is visible from a public street or alley, you must receive HARB approval before undertaking the work even if a permit is not required. 


A Brief History

HARBs were authorized in Pennsylvania by the “Historic District Act” dated July 13, 1961. The 7 person Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) meets monthly on the third Wednesday at 7:00 in the Borough Council Chambers.  HARB consists of persons with knowledge and interest in the preservation of the Historic District.  


 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Becky Young LaBarre Planning/Historic Preservation Director (717) 334-1160 ext. 224
Karen M. Mesher Management Assistant/Asst. Borough Secretary (717) 334-1160 ext. 247

Board Members

NameTitleAddressPhone #In Office Until
Gary Shaffer

Chairman

141 East Middles Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 338-0780

August 2020

Phil Goble

Vice-Chairman

132 East Middle Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(703) 929-6053

August 2021

Peggy Gustafson

Board Member

429 Carlisle Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 334-2352

August 2021

Clem Malot

Board Member

59 East High Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 377-8350

August 2022

Joan Hodges

Board Member

44 York Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 357-3212

August 2020

James McCabe

Board Member

22 Ivy Lane
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 337-3568

August 2019

Colleen Lingle

Board Member

203 York Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 634-6445

August 2022

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