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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 Structure Reports provide a detailed documentation of a historic building. The two main sections are a property history with information on the building campaigns and the architectural description. HSRs provide more detailed information than a National Register nomination. Common elements of the report include measured floorplans, photographs detailing key architectural features and drawings, and historic maps. The historic component includes a chain of title, history of the property, and documentation on the construction of the various buildings (as applicable). HSRs also usually include recommendations for the building's future (if appropriate) and a physical condition analysis.
Wise Preservation Planning LLC has completed HSRs on such diverse resources as the Sears Catalog House on the Immaculata College campus, Malvern, Pa.; the historic Kuerner Farm (site of Andrew Wyeth's Helga series of paintings and many others); the Taylor/Frazer Ruins, an important archeological site; and "The Pines," also known as the William Gillingham House (a documented Underground Railroad site).
Some municipalities may require a historic structure report to document buildings prior to demolition or as part of the restoration and/or interpretative planning process.


Historic Structure Reports Completed by Wise

Upland Farm, Upper Uwchlan Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (2010)

Eagleville Store Property, Upper Providence Twp., Montgomery Co. Pa. (2008)

Tecce Property, Springfield Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa. (2006)

Ewing Farmstead, Upper Uwchlan Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (2006)

Todd Farm, Upper Uwchlan Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (2005)

Isaac Hunsicker House, Skippack Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa. (2004)

William Gray House, London Grove Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (2004)

Fairview Barn Ruin, West Whiteland Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (2001)

Zimmerman Farmhouse (Maisfield Subdivision), Schuylkill Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (2000)*

Sears Catalog House, East Whiteland Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (2000)

Kuerner Farm, Chadds Ford Twp., Delaware Co., Pa. (2000)

Derrick Casselberry House, L. Providence Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa. (2000)

Edward Henderson House & Farm, London Grove Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (1999)

Enoch Moore House & Farm, London Grove Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (1998)

Taylor/Frazer Ruins, Thornbury Twp., Delaware Co., Pa. (1997)*

Brinton 1704 House (Facade Easement Documentation), Chadds Ford Twp., Chester Co., Pa. (1994)*

George Douglass House, Douglassville, Pa. (1993)

Shelly Administration Building (Technical Report), Philadelphia Zoo (1992)

George William Childs Residence, Philadelphia, Pa. (1991)

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