About Anne Hersh, Architect and Preservationist

Architect and historic preservationist Anne Hersh is the founder and principal partner of the architectural firm of Anne Hersh Architect, which can be found online at www.annehersh.com. Hersh builds on her academic training and professional experience with continued education on current topics in architecture and preservation.

Anne Hersh has designed and restored buildings throughout Northern Pennsylvania and Southern New York. Hersh designed the Watkins Glen Public Library and the Watkins Glen Racing Research Library, the Dormann Library building in Bath, New York, and additions and restorations to historic buildings, including the Lehigh Valley Passenger Station and Main Street facade renovations in Dansville and Cortland, New York. Hersh also opened Caribbean offices of her firm on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands and on Nevis to support her many projects throughout the region, including the Cliffdwellers townhouses and resort villas on Nevis.

Anne Hersh obtained her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois and a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Chicago. Hersh regularly attends architectural and design conferences for education on emerging trends and technology, including an International Building Code Seminar and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Technical Review. At Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Anne Hersh studied library planning and new approaches to materials and technology in-house design. Augmenting her longstanding interest in art history and architectural heritage, Hersh also attended the Association of Preservation Technology Conference and completed an eight-week course with the Caribbean Preservation Institute at the University of Florida.

Collaborating with Suzanne Gordon, Anne Hersh co-authored the book “Searching for Sugar Mills: An Architectural Guide to the Eastern Caribbean.”  Reviewing the architecture of 15 Caribbean islands, Hersh and Gordon created a book for both travelers and inhabitants of the islands that helps them understand the important representative structures of each island. Based on three years of direct research, including interviews with local historians and national trusts, Searching for Sugar Mills illuminates the artistic influences from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas on buildings in the Caribbean.


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