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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 provides training to municipal entities such as Historical Commissions and HARBs; we also give presentations to historical organizations. Most presentations were developed to help members of HARBs or historical commissions meet annual continuing education requirements. Some presentations were developed for organizations such as the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, the Delaware County Heritage Commission, or the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust.
Our PowerPoint presentations have been developed on topics of general historic preservation topics and specific presentations on the history of architecture. We have also taught historic preservation classes at the college level (and at an elementary school) and to attorneys meeting their CE requirements. Our latest presentation covers the history of barns in Chester County. Our most popular presentation is Chester County Residential Architecture, which documents the changing styles of domestic architecture from the late 1600s to the early 20th century.


List of Currently Available Wise Presentations

Historic Preservation 101

Planning for Preservation

Introduction to the National Register

Introduction to Impact Studies

Historic Surveys and Inventories

Historic Preservation and Land Conservation

Integrating Historic Preservation & Land Conservation with Easements and Acquisitions - A guide to planning for the open space surrounding historic buildings

Historic Property Research: The Paper Trail

Chester County Residential Architecture

19th Century Chester County Residential Architecture

Evolution of Barns in Chester County

Colonial American Religious Architecture

Architecture of Quaker Meeting Houses 1670-2000

Baptist Religious Architecture 1650-1900