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Bethlehem Historic District

The Bethlehem Historic District is comprised of a charming residential neighborhood and a thriving business district with shops, restaurants, museums, and other services that cater to locals and visitors alike.  Residents enjoy a high walkability factor and a friendly "small town" atmosphere in an urban setting. 


Local events and destinations favored by residents include:

ArtsQuest - SteelStacks

Banana Factory - Arts Center

Bethlehem Bach Festival

Bethlehem VegFest

Blueberry Festival

Burnside Plantation

Celtic Classic Highland Games

Chocolate Trail


D&L (Towpath) Trail

Dutch Springs Aqua Park

Historic Hotel Bethlehem

Holiday Cocktail Trail

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts


National Museum of Industrial History



Rose Garden Farmer's Market

Sand Island Park & Tennis Courts

Sculpture Garden Concerts

Tunes at Twilight Concert Series

Historic Architectural Review Board

In 1961, Bethlehem became the first municipality in Pennsylvania to form a historic district in order to preserve and protect the architecture of this neighborhood.  When property owners wish to make a change to the exterior of their property, they must apply for a special permit via the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB).  In kind replacements do not require a permit so long as the materials, colors, styles, etc. are the same.  Interior changes do not require HARB approval, but they may require a regular city-issued permit.






Bethlehem Historic District Association

The Bethlehem Historic District Association (BHDA) is a neighborhood association whose mission is "to protect the historical character of our neighborhood and high quality-of-life by:

  • supporting the preservation and restoration of original architectural features:

  • offering programs that support safety and community beautification;

  • hosting events that encourage a greater community bond among neighbors; and

  • promoting cultural and civic engagement for residents that live within the District and beyond."

Anyone ​can join the BHDA for $20/household per year.  The BHDA also offers grants to residential property owners in the Historic District for the purpose of planting and maintaining street trees, installing exterior lighting that illuminates sidewalks, and sidewalk repair or replacement. 

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Map of Bethlehem Historic District

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