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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.

Chester County Residential Architecture

Our Chester County Residential Architecture presentation is an extremely detailed PowerPoint presentation on nearly 300 years of architecture. We have presented it to the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust, and other historical organizations. It is an excellent presentation for training purposes or simply to acquire a general knowledge of architecture. The presentation begins with the earliest, small houses built in the County in colonial times. The Georgian style was introduced in the 1730s, and about that same time the Penn Plan was introduced.
Beginning with the Federal style in the 1790s, a procession of architectural styles was used in new residential construction. The presentation covers developments in technology that impacted house design, such as the introduction of efficient cooking stoves and plate glass in the 1830s and changes in brick making in the 1850s. Following the complicated designs of the Queen Anne and Second Empire styles, simpler lines were re-introduced in the early 20th century with the Colonial Revival style. Understanding the succession of architectural styles is important to historical commissions, HARBs, and other planning entities which often review applications for alterations to historic buildings and require a general background on the defining and salient features of the styles.


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