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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.


Historic Property Brochures can be vital informational, public awareness, or marketing tools that convey the highlights of a property's history or architecture. Such brochures can serve a variety of purposes. Wise has crafted brochures to simply increase awareness about a property’s significance. Other pieces have been designed to help interpret a property, serve as a fundraising tool, or to attract visitors for use and rental purposes. Brochures are colorful yet inexpensive ways of conveying information on the history or architectural significance of a property.
In 2008, Wise drafted a historic property brochure for Evian, a farmhouse built c. 1750 in West Whiteland Township. The surrounding farmland was developed in the late 20th century, at which time the Evian farmhouse was retained for a community center. The oversight committee approached Wise to create a brochure to increase awareness of Evian, its amenities, and its availability for events. The brochure, which is available here in pdf form, provides an overview of the property's history and the extent of the facilities.

Joseph Oat Corporation / Castings Condominium

In 2010, Wise completed a property brochure for the Castings Condominium, located in the historic Joseph Oat Corporation building in Philadelphia. The image to the left is a lithograph advertisement for the company that was produced 150 years ago. Joseph Oat, one of the premier coppersmiths in the nation in the early 19th century, purchased this building in the 1820s. Later in the 19th century, the company began producing cast iron and steel products and greatly enlarged the building for its operations until it occupied most of its city block. When the company needed even more space in the 1970s, it relocated to larger facilities in New Jersey, and soon thereafter the historic building was converted into condos. Many vestiges of the company remain in and around the building. Wise produced a brochure that provides a summary overview of the history of the company and the building. The brochure will be used by residents as an informational brochure and will be used for marketing.