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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.

East Bradford Township Historic Resource Survey

The East Bradford Township Historic Resource Survey was a year-long project completed in 2005, documenting 368 properties with 586 historic resources. The most important 225 historic properties were documented on Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey forms, and the remaining properties were documented on abbreviated forms. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), through its History and Museum Grant Program, provided half of the project cost. The survey fulfilled the Township's portion of the Chester County Historic Resource Atlas project identifying all resources in the county 50 years and older. 
The survey established a new standard that has been used in later surveys, even those conducted by other consulting firms. All historic resources were photographed, including several photographs of the primary resource on each property and at least one of each associated historic resource. All digital photographs were placed into the survey forms. PHMC allowed Wise to amend the state survey form to improve the orientation of the main photograph and map for each property. Wise created a detailed site plan for each property to illustrate the setting of the historic resources; the site plan includes major details of the historic resources and all camera angles. Physical descriptions began with an overview of each resource's salient features. The Township provided some property histories. The result was a full-color Pa. survey form for each property with photographs, map, physical description, histories (on several properties), and resource classifications.
Other project tasks included and examination of existing National Register Historic Districts, identification of potential districts, completion of an extensive methodology report, a Township architectural history, GIS map showing all properties and districts, and completion of a PHMC resource database.
At its 2006 annual meeting, the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia awarded East Bradford Township its 13th Annual Achievement Grand Jury Award for the project. The award stated in part "The recently completed East Bradford survey serves as a best practices model for other communities in its quality, breadth, documentation, and use of state-of-the-art technologies." Wise Preservation Planning is pleased to have helped East Bradford complete this important preservation project and obtain this prestigious award.