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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.


Wise Preservation Planning LLC is perhaps the region's biggest producer of Comprehensive and Intensive Level Historic Resource Surveys. We have recently completed one survey project in the Borough of Haddon Heights, New Jersey, and three such projects in Chester County, Pa. having nearly 2,000 resources: Kennett, West Marlborough, and Pennsbury Townships. Funding for the latter projects was in part provided by a matching grant through Chester County's Vision Partnership Grant Program.
Historic Resource Surveys document historic resources in a municipality, region, or planning corridor. They may be either comprehensive (all resources 50 years of age) or thematic (such as pre-World War II resources). Survey projects include GIS mapping, digital photography, detailed site plans, evaluation of significance, spreadsheet providing all relevent details about each resource, and recommendations for historic districts. Some surveys include historic research.
In-depth surveys also include the completion of a state Historic Resource Survey Form (HRSF) for historic properties. The form includes a professional architectural description of each historic resource on the property. Wise is also proficient with the Access database used by both Pennsylvania and New Jersey to collect key information on each property.
Wise has completed 12 comprehensive historic resource surveys and several thematic surveys throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Wise has surveyed thousands of properties and nearly 7,000 individual resources.
Wise has also completed seven municipalities for the Chester County Historic Resource Atlas project, a comprehensive survey designed to identify historic resources using a consistent methodology for the entire county. Wise helped develop the standards used for the Atlas. Chester County-funded projects contain additional planning elements in conjunction with a municipality's comprehensive and/or open space plans, and cultural resource protection ordinances.


Resource Surveys Completed by Wise

Erie County, Pennsylvania (countywide survey) (2014-2015)

Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood, Princeton, NJ (2015)

Haddon Heights Borough, Camden Co. (2012)

Haddon Heights Borough, Camden Co. (2012-2013)

Schwenksville Borough, Montgomery Co. (2011)

Schuylkill Township, Chester Co. (2010)

Kennett Township, Chester Co. (2009-2011)

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.