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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 was the historic preservation consultant on a large project team to evaluate a proposed future widening of Route 73 (Skippack Pike) through Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, Pa. The project was partially funded with federal money, which triggered Section 106 provisions. The historic component of the project included identifying historic resources along the road corridor, evaluating their significance, and completing a Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey form for those that Wise believed could be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The Route 73 corridor has several areas of historic buildings, as it is an early road through Montgomery County. Near Center Square one finds several intact Second Empire residences.
 
Identifying potential National Register Historic Districts was another component of the project; one such area was Broad Axe Village, a very early post-war Colonial Revival-style housing development. Finally, the project included the development of a detailed GIS map identifying the various historic resources, non-historic resources and historic districts.