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National Register Nominations
Historic Resource Surveys
Historic Structure Reports
Historic Resource Impact Studies
Municipal Planning Services
Transportation / Section 106
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Other Products and Services
Wise Preservation Planning LLC
1480 Hilltop Road
Chester Springs PA 19425
Phone (484) 202-8187
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
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
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.