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RGA, Inc. - Pennsylvania Office
1480 Hilltop Road
Chester Springs PA 19425

Phone (484) 202-8187


Perkasie Park Camp Meeting National Register Nomination
On August 29, 2016, the Perkasie Park Camp Meeting was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is one of a handful of intact camp meetings that survive in eastern Pennsylvania. The camp meeting dates to the late nineteenth century and retains its historic layout of cottages framing an open commons area where the auditorium is located.

With this nomination, Robert Wise and Seth Hinshaw have completed 31 nominataions for properties or historic districts that are now listed on the National Register. The project was completed before Wise Preservation Planning LLC merged into RGA, Inc.

Wise Preservation Planning is Merging
We are excited to announce that Wise Preservation Planning LLC is merging into RGA, Inc., a cultural resource consulting firm based in Cranbury, New Jersey. Our preservation planning and architectural history professionals are now part of the RGA team, which also offers archaeological services.

Wise Preservation Planning is no longer directly providing preservation planning services; our services are being provided through RGA. Our local offices have not changed, and you will find Robert Wise and Seth Hinshaw working here on most days, serving our local clients as we have done for the last sixteen years. Our contact information to the left has been updated.

For more information on RGA, please visit the RGA website or call (609) 655-0692.

Preservation Pennsylvania Award
Congratulations! Preservation Erie has been selected to receive an Initiative Award in Communication in the 2016 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards. The award is planned to be presented by Preservation Pennsylvania at its meeting in September in York, Pennsylvania. In 2015, Wise Preservation Planning completed the comprehensive historic resource survey of Erie County on behalf of its countywide preservation organization, Preservation Erie. It is one of the largest surveys completed in Pennsylvania. Wise surveyed all 38 municipalities, examined 25 historic districts, and documented some 31,000 historic resources. The highlight of this project was the creation of Erie Buildings, which recorded the survey and presents its results on an ongoing basis to the public. We thank Preservation Erie for being such a great partner in this project and congratulate them on the award!

Our Two Newest Historic Districts now listed on the National Register
On June 10, 2014, the Pennsylvania Preservation Board nominated the Bangor and the Nantmeal Village Historic Districts to the National Register of Historic Places. These nominations are the culmination of several years of work with both entities and will add nearly 1,400 resources to the National Register. Both were listed on the National Register in August. 
Bangor, a borough of some 4,500 people in Northampton County, plans to use the historic district in association with its Main Street program, and to promote business and tourism. After Robert M. Jones discovered the concentration of high quality slate in the area, workers flocked to the two pre-existing villages, which merged into form the Borough of Bangor. The arrival of the railroad made it possible to ship high quality slate throughout the nation to be used as roof shingles, wall cladding, blackboards, and interior domestic products. Bangor has always been the principal town of the Slate Belt, which includes other locations such as Slatington, Slatedale, and Pen Argyl. 

The nomination of Nantmeal Village, a small village in Chester County, is part of an ongoing process to identify and protect historic and agricultural resources throughout East Nantmeal Township. The village is one of the few remaining intact rural market villages in Chester County.The impact of infill construction has been limited in the late 20th century, leaving the village core surrounded by the farms that historically supported it.
Wise Preservation is proud to be associated with these communities and the individuals who have volunteered their time to make these National Register nominations a reality!

Columbia County 250th Anniversary
As part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the creation of Columbia County, the Berwick Historical Society is raising money to purchase a Stuart Tank. The tank was made in Berwick by A.C.F. Corporation during World War II. You may make a tax deductible donation to the CentralSusquehanna Community Foundation, Stuart Tank Fund,725 West Front Street, Berwick Pa. 18603. For moreinformation, see the Stuart Tank Committee


Wise Preservation Planning LLC is a full-service historic preservation planning firm serving clients in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond. Our clients include municipalities, historical commissions, developers, attorneys, planning and engineering firms, and individuals. Wise conducts a wide variety of historic preservation products and services, including:

National Register Nominations
Historic Resource Surveys
Historic Structure Reports
Historic Resource Impact Studies
Municipal Planning Assistance
Training / Presentations
Other Major Project Types

After serving as Senior Planner, Historic Preservation, at the Brandywine Conservancy's Environmental Management Program, Robert J. Wise Jr. founded Robert Wise Consulting in 1997. The name was changed in 2001, and the firm relocated to Chester Springs, Pa. in 2006. Tackling a myriad of preservation issues in this very diverse region, Wise helps clients determine the extent of their historic assets, assess their significance, and establish the best means of protecting theseassets, through the inclusion of and benefit to the public. We utilize the latest technology, continuing education, and experience working on the front lines of preservation. Wise offers a full range of relevant preservation planning services.

Our professional consultants meet the federal standards for architectural historians as outlined by the National Park Service (48 FR 44716 and 36 CFR 61 Professional Qualification Standards), a standard required for many federal and state-funded grant projects. Wise historic preservation consultants hold Master's of Science Degrees in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania (1993, 2001) and are among the few professional consultants certified through the Cultural Resource Essentials program (2009) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Wise consultants also hold certificates in Community Planning from the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (2008). The firm is listed on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey historic preservation consultant lists.