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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.

Colonial American Religous Architecture

This presentation documents the variety of religious architecture in the English colonies prior to the American Revolution. It focuses on the four largest religious denominations in the colonies (the Anglicans, Congregationalists, Presbyterians, and Quakers), though the religious architecture of other denominations is also considered (Baptists, Lutherans, Catholics, Jews, Dutch Reformed). The presentation examines recent research and publications regarding 17th century trends in English religious architecture by Christopher Stell and David Butler.
The presentation begins with an overview of Catholic worship in medieval England. The Puritans revolutionized the nature of worship as well as the accommodation of worshippers. English Puritans developed two distinct types of what they called "meeting houses," though a blend of the two types was also popular. These two types, today called the "chapel plan" and the "cottage plan," dominated religious architecture in North America prior to the Revolution. The chapel plan (and particularly the mixed plan subtype) was the design of choice for the Anglicans (today's Episcopalians) and Lutherans. The cottage plan was favored by the Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Quakers, and Baptists. The presentation covers changes resulting from the introduction of boxed pews (necessitating a different interior layout), examines differences among the denominations, and discussed a new building type introduced by the Quakers circa 1745.


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