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Benjamin Hirsch and Associates, Inc. Records

 Collection
Identifier: DM009

Abstract

The seven series of this collection contain the professional papers of Benjamin Hirsch and his architectural firm, Benjamin Hirsch and Associates, Inc.

Dates

  • ca. 1958-2011 (bulk dates 1978-2009)

Creator

General Physical Description note

(40 document cases; 2 oversize cases)

Restrictions: Access

See archivist for details regarding restrictions.

Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

Extent

17 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The seven series of this collection contain the professional papers of Benjamin Hirsch and his architectural firm, Benjamin Hirsch and Associates, Inc.

Series 1 consists of a small amount of personal and biographical information on Benjamin Hirsch. State certification records, including correspondence and paperwork as well as the certificates themselves, are found in Series 2. Series 3 documents Hirsch's involvement with associations, particularly those pertaining to religious architecture, while Series 4 contains publicity brochures and articles for Benjamin Hirsch and Associates, as well as for individual projects with which the firm was involved.

Series 5, by far the largest series, is made up of correspondence, invoices, plans, sketches, and other paperwork relating to the firm's architectural and design projects. The series is arranged into several subseries, by genre: Residential; houses of worship; other religious organizations; retail and commercial projects; exhibit design; monument design; and other projects. Series 6, Specifications, contains contracts and specifications for several construction projects, some of which have corresponding files in Series 5.

The final series, Series 7: Writings on Architecture, includes two articles on synagogue design and a typescript of Hirsch's Georgia Tech thesis (ca. 1958) on a house of worship.

Administrative History of Benjamin Hirsch and Associates, Inc.

Benjamin Hirsch and Associates is an architectural firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded by Benjamin Hirsch in 1978, the firm specializes in religious architecture, but it also produces residential, retail, and commercial projects as well as exhibit and monument designs.

Benjamin Hirsch was born in September, 1932 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, to Hermann Hirsch and Mathilda Auerbach Hirsch. In 1938, as the Nazi regime terrorized German Jews, Benjamin and his four older siblings were sent to France by their mother. Benjamin was separated from his siblings in France, but in 1941, he was sent by boat to America with his two sisters. The two girls and Benjamin met up with their brothers, and they built a new life in Atlanta, Georgia.

After graduation from Hoke Smith High School in Atlanta, Benjamin Hirsch attended the Georgia Institute of Technology to study architecture. Two years into the program, Hirsch joined the U. S. Army to fight in the Korean War. During his army service, Hirsch returned to Germany to search for his two younger siblings. In 1947, he discovered that his father had been killed by the Nazis in November 1942, and his mother, brother, and sister had perished at Auschwitz in 1943.

Hirsch returned to Georgia Tech and completed his five-year degree in Architecture in 1958. Once graduated from Tech, he became an architect in Atlanta. For a short time he was in practice with Warren Epstein in the firm of Epstein and Hirsch. In 1978, Hirsch founded Benjamin Hirsch and Associates, Inc. As of this writing (December 2013), the firm has been in operation for more than 35 years.

Benjamin Hirsch and Associates, Inc. has designed several award-winning structures, notably the Memorial to Six Million Jewish Martyrs in Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. Dedicated to the six million Jews killed in World War II, this monument is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hirsch has published two autobiographical books, Hearing a Different Drummer: A Holocaust Survivor’s Search for Identity (2000) and Home is Where You Find It (2006).

Hirsch married Jacqueline Robkin in March, 1959, and they have three daughters and one son.

Arrangement

The collection has been divided into seven series, some of which are further divided into subseries.
Missing Title
  1. SERIES 1. Biographical and Personal
  2. SERIES 2. Certification Records
  3. SERIES 3. Associations
  4. SERIES 4. Publicity
  5. SERIES 5. Project Files
  6. SERIES 6. Specifications
  7. SERIES 7. Writings on Architecture

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available on request in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

Provenance

Donation, 2011 (accession number 2011.070).

Related Materials

Benjamin Hirsch's personal papers are housed at The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta.

Separated Material

Visual materials have been separated and will be processed as DV009; artifacts will be added to the artifacts collection.

General Physical Description note

(40 document cases; 2 oversize cases)

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro, Sierra Harrison, and Germaine Schanzmeyer processed these records in December 2013.
Title
Inventory of the Benjamin Hirsch and Associates, Inc. Records, ca. 1958-2011 (bulk dates 1978-2009)
Subtitle
DM009
Status
completed
Author
Christine de Catanzaro, Sierra Harrison, Germaine Schanzmeyer
Date
Copyright December 2013.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

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