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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.

Introduction to the National Register

Our presentation Introduction to the National Register provides an overview of the National Register process in Pennsylvania and outlines the results of having a property or district listed. Wise has given this presentation to several municipalities that were considering seeking to have a historic district listed on the National Register. In many cases, property owners are not familiar with the impact of such a listing, and the presentation clarifies aspects of the listing that are not well understood by the general public. The presentation provides information on the impact of having a historic district listed on the National Register for individual property owners and clarifies some common misunderstandings.
The presentation explains the process for listing a Pennsylvania property or historic district on the National Register. See this page for more information on the National Register process. The presentation includes the advantages of having a building/district listed, such as tax incentives and eligibility for certain kinds of grants. The presentation emphasizes that the National Register is primarily a honorary listing of historic buildings and is not by itself a regulatory mechanism. [Note: the presentation does not cover the slight differences between the process in Pennsylvania and that in other states.]


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