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Wise Preservation Planning LLC
      1480 Hilltop Road
      Chester Springs PA 19425
      Phone (484) 202-8187

Wise Preservation Planning LLC is a full-service historic preservation planning firm. We research, document, analyze and ultimately help protect historic resources and our cultural landscape. Our firm serves a variety of clients, including municipalities, engineers, architects, historical societies, and owners of historic resources.

The firm was founded in 1997 by Robert J. Wise Jr., who has 20 years of experience in the historic preservation field. He is assisted by Seth Hinshaw, Senior Planner, who has been with the firm since 2001. Both planners have M.S. degrees in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and exceed the 36 CFR 61 Professional Qualification Standards established by the National Park Service for architectural historians.

The Evolution of Barns in Chester County

The most recent PowerPoint presentation developed by Wise was delivered before the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust on 11/4/2010. Entitled The Evolution of Barns in Chester County, the presentation documented changes in barn design, beginning with the European context (England and Germany) and showing how three influences directed barn design: livestock, grains, and agricultural implements.
Barns were small buildings in 18th century Chester County, and 60% of them were log or frame. Two new barn types emerged in the 1790s - the double decker barn and the Standard (or German) barn. These were the most common barns types of the early 19th century. In the latter half of the century, a four-crib barn, the "double threshing floor barn," emerged. It was especially common in northern Chester County. The Wisconsin or Prairie Barn was introduced into Chester County circa 1920 and was the dominant barn type of the 20th century. This gambrel-roofed barn had a subtype with a pointed arched roof, called the Jamesway Barn. Like Bungalows, many Wisconsin and Jamesway Barns could be purchased as kits and assembled on site.


List of Currently Available Wise Presentations

Historic Preservation 101

Planning for Preservation

Introduction to the National Register

Introduction to Impact Studies

Historic Surveys and Inventories

Historic Preservation and Land Conservation

Integrating Historic Preservation & Land Conservation with Easements and Acquisitions - A guide to planning for the open space surrounding historic buildings

Historic Property Research: The Paper Trail

Chester County Residential Architecture

19th Century Chester County Residential Architecture

Evolution of Barns in Chester County

Colonial American Religious Architecture

Architecture of Quaker Meeting Houses 1670-2000

Baptist Religious Architecture 1650-1900