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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.

Overview

Wise Preservation Planning LLC is one of the leading firms preparing National Register nominations in Pennsylvania. As of 2016, Wise has completed 31 National Register nominations with over 2,000 historic resources (see list below). Wise is actively working on an additional nomination of an individual building and two historic districts. Wise has also been involved in various capacities in dozens of other National Register projects, including expansions of historic district boundaries, initial evaluations, re-evaluations, updating resource inventories, and developing historic resource protection language for these districts. Adaptive-reuse, site interpretation, tourism and visitor experience, and municipal planning are other elements of National Register work in which Wise provided its services and expertise.
 
Wise successfully prepared National Historic Landmark (NHL) nominations for the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio and the Kuerner Farm, a property associated with Andrew Wyeth in Chadds Ford, Pa. Associated with the National Register program, NHL-designated resources have exceptional historic and/or architectural history of national or international significance.
 
The National Register of Historic Places was established in 1966 as a part of a program to identify, evaluate, and protect the nation's historic and archaeological resources. These resources may be buildings, structures, sites, objects, or districts. There are approximately 593 Historic Districts in Pennsylvania listed on the National Register along with 2,594 individual listings. Altogether, approximately 50,000 buildings are listed on the National Register in Pennsylvania.
 
The National Register of Historic Places is a terrific catalyst for community-wide preservation and education. Recognizing the significance of a historic district or an individual historic resource promotes appreciation of our built heritage and encourages planning decisions by property owners that will preserve the integrity of these resources. We would be happy to come to your community and explore various National Register potential opportunities.
 
Wise has drafted an essay to help explain the criteria for determining the significance of historic resources and the process for listing a building in Pennsylvania on the National Register.

 

Successful National Register Nominations Prepared by Wise

National Historic Landmarks

  • Andrew Wyeth Studio National Historic Landmark, Chadds Ford Twp., Delaware Co., Pa. (listed 9/30/2014)*

  • Kuerner Farm (National Historic Landmark), Chadds Ford Twp., Delaware Co., Pa. (listed 6/23/2011)*

  • N.C. Wyeth House & Studio (National Historic Landmark), Chadds Ford Twp., Del. Co., Pa. (1997)*

Historic Districts

  • Bangor Historic District, Bangor Borough, Northampton Co., Pa. (listed 8/2014)

  • Nantmeal Village Historic District, East Nantmeal Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (listed 8/2014)

  • Glenmoore Historic District, Wallace Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (listed 3/18/2011)

  • Oxford Historic District, Oxford Borough, Chester Co., Pa. (2007)

  • Thornton Historic District, Thornbury Twp., Delaware Co., Pa. (2006)

  • Fetters Mill Village Historic District, Lower Moreland Twp., Montgomery Co. (2006)

  • Byers Station Historic District, Upper Uwchlan Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (2002)*

  • Goshenville Historic District, E. Goshen Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (2001)

  • Whitehorse Historic District, Willistown Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (2001)

  • Eagles Mere Historic District, Eagles Mere Borough, Sullivan Co., Pa. (1996)

  • Fairville Historic District, Pennsbury Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (1996)*

  • Worth/Jefferis Rural Historic District, E. Bradford Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (1995)*

  • Waterloo Mills Historic District, Easttown Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (1995)*

Boundary Increase Projects

Religious Nominations

  • Perkasie Park Camp Meeting, Perkasie, Bucks Co., Pa. (listed 8/29/2016)

  • Mt. Zion AME Church, Tredyffrin Township, Chester Co., Pa. (listed 1/27/2015)

  • Chester Heights Camp Meeting, Chester Heights, Delaware Co., Pa. (2001)

  • Brandywine Summit Camp Meeting, Concord Twp., Delaware Co., Pa. (1995)*

Individual Resource Nominations

  • Wiley / Cloud House, Kennett Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (listed 9/4/2012)

  • Sharpless Homestead, Birmingham Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (listed 12/15/2011)

  • Michael Heller Homestead, Lower Saucon Twp., Northampton Co., Pa. (listed 2010)

  • Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse, Lower Saucon Twp., Northampton Co., Pa. (2008)

  • Ellis Williams House, E. Goshen Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (2004)

  • Garrett House and Farm, Willistown Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (2003)

  • Fetters Mill (Louis Ewald Studio), Lower Moreland Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa. (2000)

  • Joseph Greg House, Kennett Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (1994)*

 

   *With, or in association with, the Brandywine Conservancy, Inc.

 

Associated Projects

New London Historic District, New London Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (DOE application, 2011)

Wallace General Store, Wallace Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (DOE application, 2011)

Vallamont, City of Easton, Northampton Co., Pa. (DOE application, 2010)

Sills Mill Village, Kennett Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (recommended boundary, 2010)

London Grove Village Historic District, West Marlborough Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (recommended boundary, 2008)

Port Providence Historic District, Upper Providence Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa. (recommended boundary, 2004)

Mont Clare Historic District, Upper Providence Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa. (recommended boundary, 2004)

London Grove Agricultural Historic District, London Grove Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (determined eligible, 2004)

Downtown Wayne Commercial Historic District, Radnor Twp., Delaware Co., Pa. (recommended boundary, 2004)

Munfordville Battlefield, Munfordville, Kentucky (management plan, 2003)

Harbourton Historic District, Hopewell Twp., NJ (boundary review, 2003)

Pleasant Valley Historic District, Hopewell Twp., NJ (boundary review, 2003)