Homes by Area

Don Hershey designed homes primarily in the Rochester area and upstate NY.

We began this site because we live in homes designed by Don Hershey and wanted to find more of them in the area. This is an ongoing quest and includes information received by current or past owners of Hershey homes, Don’s sons Ken and Al, The Landmark Society and others interested in Hershey design. The site contains a listing of the homes we are certain are Don Hershey-designed and also those that we suspect to be Hershey homes (in these cases we have indicated that). It includes information such as the year it was built, the name of the original owner and other descriptive information. In some instances, there is a link to photos of the home. Just click on the “Photos” link for that home. It is a work in progress and will be growing as we obtain more information.

We welcome your input! If you know of other homes that belong on this list, please comment here.

My first awareness of the Hershey family was my brief stay in a class at Indian Landing School with “Miss Dunbar” who was about to marry Ken Hershey, to, as she said, “become a Hershey-bar.”
— Ron Richardson

21 Replies to “Homes by Area”

  1. Hi Peggy,
    I live in Don Hershey home constructed in 1958 located at 72 Knollwood Dr. I am the second owner of the house and have it’s complete history which I would be happy to share, including pictures if you like. I also have information on a couple of other homes you have listed on the site with incomplete/incorrect information, as I knew the owners children. If you forward me your contact information, I’d be happy to provide you whatever information I have. Warmest regards,
    Michael Astarita

    1. Michael, Thanks for contacting me. I am very interested in the information and stories you have about your home and the others. I will add 72 Knollwood to the site. Do you know the name of the original owner?

      1. Do you know about a home at 4991 Ganyard Hill Road in Bristol, NY.?
        All the stonework inside and out, layout, grounds, windows, built-ins, sure look like one of his. I tried Ontario County records, and Bristol historian so far. I’m told it was built in 1959.- Thank you for any help.

    2. Hello Michael,
      I love your home! If you have any interest in selling your home, my husband and I would love to learn first about it. We moved to Rochester three years ago and are searching for the perfect Don Hershey home to plant our roots and raise our toddler.
      Thank you for your consideration.
      Susan Verrett Allen

      1. Susan,
        Our home on 78 Mountain Rd, Rochester NY, 14625 is presently on the market.

        You may view it on Nothanagle’s website.

        Have a great evening,


  2. Hi ! Just stumbled upon your site! My husband and I are looking for a MCM in Rochester or surrounding areas so I will keep an eye on your blog in case something pops up! Big fans !!

  3. Interested in your info on Don Hershey. A correction that 186 Alpine Drive residents were my maternal grandparents. Robert E and Elma Tompkins. Not 202. It was a flat roofed cement block home with great picture windows, a nice porch, 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a 2 car garage, kitchen with pass throughs to the dining room, a laundry/utility room, office and large living room with great built-ins for storage. Even had radiant heated cork covered floors. I absolutely loved this house and have many happy memories there. The new owner made several updates and changed a lot of the original features.

  4. Just found this site. My wife and I have lived in a Hershey home for 44 years in Brighton NY.
    300 Council Rock Ave.
    Have enjoyed both the simplicity and absence of pretension in the Mid-Century Modern style.

  5. We live in a Hershey home located at 110 Thornell Rd., Pittsford. Built in 1948. Not sure if this site is still being maintained, if so I can send more info.

  6. Dear Mr. Hershey,

    How original is 245 Thackeray?
    I’m sharing it with MCM aficionado Pam Kueber at Retro Renovation.

    Thank you.

  7. We just bought a Don Hershey house on 110 Thornell Rd last Thursday on the very edge of Pittsford. Blueprints and copies, including a beautifully scripted materials list, was found in the basement. It’s a fabulous house perfectly situated on 2 wooded acres.

  8. I have not seen mention of our Hershey house on the site. I believe that this home is the only Hershey home on Canandaigua Lake. It was built in 1975 for Milton and Janet Karz and we have the original blueprints. Some updates have been done over the years to make the home livable, but it does have one of the most spectacular views up the lake and the General layout is untouched.. (6765 State Route 21 in the Town of South Bristol)

    1. Thanks for your input Marty and Jill. I have added your home. If you are willing to share any photos, I’d love to add them to the listing.

  9. I love Hershey’s homes. I grew up in Webster and was always sad to pass Don’s home adjacent to 490.
    Did he do any homes east of the Rochester area? There are many Mid-century homes on the east side of Syracuse and in DeWitt, NY. My own home
    there has slate floors, cathedral ceilings, glass walls—all similar to Hershey’s homes.
    Of course, Syracuse had an inordinate number of architects due to the Syracuse University School of Architecture, many of whom were prolific during the Mid Century. Kudos to your site for all the research and to greater Rochester for its heightened awareness to and respect for this terrific style of architecture.

  10. Cool to find this! My grandfather built and was first owner of the Hershey house at 551 Morgan Rd. I practically grew up there and it’s so wonderful to see other homes from the same architect.

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