Richland Township Historic Resources Survey

Location

  • Richland Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Services

Richland Township, located in the northwest corner of Bucks County, was formed in 1734. The township has a variety and wide range of historic and architectural resources worthy of preservation. The earliest buildings reflect the German and English Quaker immigrants who settled there in the first half of the 18 th century. During the 19 th century Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne Victorian styles of architecture began to be constructed. By the 20 th century, Colonial Revivals and Bungalows began to dominate the landscape. Today, the township is growing rapidly and many of its historic resources are threatened by development. Officials in Richland Township recognized that an historic resources survey would identify properties that are potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, or that are significant to the community. The survey also can serve as a basis for developing a historic preservation plan, and possibly, a historic preservation overlay zoning ordinance. In addition, the planning commission and township supervisors can use the survey for land use planning, environmental planning, open space planning and zoning. The information is also important, and of interest to, local historical societies, preservation associations and property owners. Historic preservation specialists and resource protection specialists with the Heritage Conservancy conducted the historic resources survey in 2002. The historic resources survey found three potential historic districts, 22 historic resources potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, and 162 properties considered historically significant to Richland Township. The historic resources were also mapped using the Geographic Information System (GIS).

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