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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.


Historic Resource Reports are historic structure reports that concentrate mainly on the history of the resource rather than the architectural features. They serve a variety of purposes. Historic resource reports may be an update of an earlier report, the addition of historic information for an earlier report, or another portion of a full historic structure report. Recently Wise has been retained to provide reports for municipalities considering adaptive re-use options, interpretation, visitor and tourist use.
Some of our reports include:
– "The Pines", Kennett Township, Pa.
– Joseph Hoffecker Log House, Uwchlan Township, Chester Co. Pa.
– Joseph Oats Corporation Building (now condominium), Philadelphia, Pa.
– Jacob Beerbower House (Upland Farm), Upper Uwchlan Twp., Pa.
– Evian, West Whiteland Twp., Pa.

In 2008, Wise drafted a historic resource report for the Evan Owens House in Fairville, Pennsbury Township, Pa. At the time, the house was being renovated by the owner, and many structural features were visible while the 19th century cladding and some interior plaster had been removed. Wise inspected the house and documented many details that explained its construction chronology. The original log house is the southern half of the main block. The north half was built in the 19th century, at which time the house was re-oriented to Kennett Pike. The photo here shows the original V-notched corner in the center of today's main elevation. The logs were attached in the center with long octagonal dowels called trunnels, and the leftover trunnels were thrown inside the walls before the plaster was installed.
Note: The property is located in the Fairville National Register Historic District. Robert Wise prepared the National Register nomination for the district while employed by the Brandywine Conservancy, Inc.