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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 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.
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