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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.


Wise Preservation Planning LLC provides GIS mapping services to municipalities, planners, and private individuals. GIS (Geographic Information System) is a computer mapping system used for municipal planning. All counties in our region have completed GIS tax parcel maps, which makes it possible to create maps that emphasize differences among the various tax parcels. The program contains a database with a record for each tax parcel; various types of information are saved on each property (owner's name, site address, tax parcel, zoning classification, school district, etc.). The program can draw information from the database to create maps displaying selected characteristics of the tax parcels.
GIS mapping has become common in National Register nominations, Section 106 projects, Historic Resource Impact Studies, and Historic Resource Surveys. Our GIS mapping services include the preparation of information to be used in the Chester County Historic Resource Atlas program, conducted by the Chester County Heritage Coordinator. GIS mapping has become central to the preparation of maps of historic districts such as Kemblesville, shown above. That map illustrates historic properties in blue and nonhistoric properties in orange. Several municipalities have passed historic preservation ordinances that regulate changes on historic properties, with more restrictions on the more important historic properties. These municipalities usually have three classifications of historic properties, with different regulations for each class. The map detail to the right illustrates the classification of historic properties – the three colors represent the three historic property classifications. This type of map helps the municipality to make informed land planning decisions.