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Nancy L. Zerbe

Ms. Nancy Zerbe, founder and President of ARCH2, Inc., is an Architectural Historian with more than thirty years of experience in historic preservation.   Zerbe served as New Jersey's Governor-designated Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) for eight years, and as a SHPO technical reviewer for five years.  She also worked as an architectural historian for two private firms.  Ms. Zerbe's experience in historic preservation covers all aspects from environmental reviews to preservation planning.


Administrator of New Jersey's Historic Preservation Office  (HPO) and as the Deputy SHPO.  Responsible for the operations of ten state and federal historic preservation programs, twenty staff members, and $1 million annual budget.  Accomplishments include expanding the Office from ten to twenty employees, revising state regulations to streamline the environmental review process, initiating the Main Street New Jersey economic revitalization program, and serving as New Jersey's first elected member of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers' Board of Directors.


Assists clients with grant applications to the New Jersey Historic Trust, Department of Transportation's ISTEA Program, Institute of Museum Services, and the NJ Council for the Humanities.


Reviewed public projects submitted to the NJ HPO under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the NJ Register of Historic Places Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, NJ Executive Order No. 215, and Land Use Regulatory Element reviews (5 years).  While on staff of Paulus, Sokolowski, & Sartor, Inc., managed cultural resources consultants on projects including the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's Secaucus Interchange, Route 92, and Pennsylvania Extension and Route 130; and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Hudson Waterfront Development Project, City of Hoboken. 

Provides cultural resources services for numerous public projects, including: Route 571 road widening, South First Street Bridge replacement, A.M. Best Office Development, Cranbury Business Park development, Helen Street Extension Project, Ernston Road intersection improvements, Route 528 road improvements, Southern New Jersey Light Rail System, Newark/Elizabeth Rail Link Elizabeth Segment, and Old Tappan Sewer Collection System.


Authored New Jersey's Certified Local Government Guidelines; edited Preservation New Jersey's handbook for local preservation planning;  assisted NJ Transit in the planning of the NJ Railroad and Transportation Heritage Center; and serves as advisor to historic preservation commissions.


Authored or edited numerous cultural resources documents, including:

  • Preserving New Jersey:  A Handbook for Municipal Historic Preservation Commissions (editor).

  • Historic Corridor Study of the Central Railroad of New Jersey Main Line.

  • Comprehensive historic sites surveys of Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County; Lawrence Township, Mercer County; Haddon Heights Borough, Camden County; and Lower Township, Middle Township, Sea Isle City and Stone Harbor, Cape May County.

  • National Register nominations for Cape May County Airport Hangar No. 1, T. R. Cooper Property,

  • Thomas Beesley (Jr.) House, Cold Spring Grange Hall #132, J.V.B. Wicoff House, and George Hildreth House, Metuchen Borough Hall, Historic Bridges of Tewksbury Township, and Fanwood Park Historic District.

  • Alternatives analysis with PS&S, Inc. staff for the USDA's Plant Quarantine Station, Hoboken.

  • Historic research component of the Jacobus Vanderveer House Historic Structure Report, Bedminster Township, Somerset County.


  • Edison Memorial Tower Corporation - Chairperson, 2006-2007 - President, 2007 -

  • New Jersey Heritage Tourism Task Force - member, 2007 -

  • Peer Review Committee for New Jersey

  • Metuchen Edison Historical Society - President, 2003

  • Architectural Survey Guidelines - member, 1997

  • Preservation New Jersey Board member, 1995-1997

  • Proprietary House Association - Trustee, 1995-1997

  • Chairperson, New Jersey Old House Resource Fair, 1996, 1997

  • Perth Amboy Historic Preservation Commission member, 1995-1996

  • Mercer County Green Links Project Peer

  • Review Committee member, 1995-1996

  • National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers Board member, 1991-1994

  • New Jersey Historical Commission ex-officio member, 1986-1994

  • New Jersey Historic Trust, ex-officio member, 1986-1991

  • Howell Living History Farm, Workshop Leader, 1985-1986

  • Allaire Village Corporation, Board member, 1992-1994



  • National Trust for Historic Preservation

  • National Alliance of Preservation Commissions

  • Preservation New Jersey

  • New Jersey Historical Society.


  • M.S. in Historic Preservation, Columbia University, 1980

  • B.A. in Historic, University of Delaware, 1976



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