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Norristown has the good bones of a pioneering city


Norristown is proud of its long history, having just celebrated its bicentennial in 2012. Much of downtown Norristown falls within the boundaries of the Central Norristown Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.


The historic building stock in Norristown offers investors and entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop unique and attractive income-producing properties. Many examples of successful preservation and continued use of beautiful old buildings can be seen throughout Norristown, and additional opportunities exist in and around downtown. Federal and state historic tax credit programs as well as other tools such as façade easement contributions can be leveraged to reduce the cost of the restoration or adaptive reuse of these structures.



Norristown was established long before most neighboring communities that exist today. The historic grid and urban fabric in Norristown stand in contrast to more suburban style development nearby. 



FROM LEFT: The Montgomery County Courthouse, dating back to 1854, has a stately presence among Norristown's many historic buildings. Five Saints Distilling now occupies the former Humane Fire Company building at 129 East Main showcasing the art of adaptive reuse. The former Montgomery County Prison on Airy Street. Historic rowhomes and flowering pear trees on Airy Street.

Department of Planning & Municipal Development
235 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Phone: 610-270-0452
Fax: 610-270-2892

For additional information about new construction, redevelopment and/or relocation opportunities in Norristown, please contact Jayne Musonye, Director of Planning and Municipal Development at