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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.

Pennsbury Historic Resource Survey

The Pennsbury Township Historic Resource Survey was an 18-month project, completed in 2009, that documented 207 historic properties in the Township. These historic properties contained 361 historic resources. The survey fulfilled the Township's portion of the Chester County Historic Resource Atlas. All historic resources over 50 years of age were documented on Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Forms.
The survey was initiated by the historical commission and was partially funded by the Chester County Vision Partnership Program. The township had two earlier surveys – the 117-resource county survey of 1982 and an 82-resource township survey. Wise documented the resources on the two surveys and merged the numbers into a single numbering system. Altogether, the survey documented 361 historic resources in the Township. Other components of the project included a methodology report, an inventory of historic properties, and the drafting of a flyer outlining the project's purposes and results. Click here to see a pdf of the flyer.


Historic Resource Surveys Completed by Wise

Kennett Township, Chester Co., Pa. (ongoing)

Schuylkill Township, Chester Co. (2010)

West Marlborough Township, Chester Co. (2008)

Pennsbury Township, Chester Co. (2008)

East Brandywine Township, Chester Co. (2006)

East Bradford Township, Chester Co. (2005)

Franklin Township, Chester Co. (2004)

Upper Providence Township, Montgomery Co. (2004)*

Radnor Township, Del. Co. (2003)

Hopewell Township, Mercer Co., New Jersey (2002)

London Grove Township Agricultural Survey, Chester Co. (2002)

London Grove Architectural Classification Project, Chester Co. (2002)

"Six Points" Intersection Improvement Project, Whitpain Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa. (2001)

Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester Co. (2001)

Phillipsburg / Route 22 Improvement Project, New Jersey (2001)

Thornbury Township, Delaware Co. (2001)*

East Goshen Township, Chester Co. (2000)*

Lower Merion Township, Montgomery Co. (2000)*

Whitpain Township, Montgomery Co. (2000)*

PA Route 52 Realignment/106 Review, Longwood Gardens, Chester Co., Pa. (1997)*

Port Penn Region, New Castle Co., Delaware (1996)*

Mill Creek Historic District, Montgomery Co., Pa. (1996)*

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