Timothy Orwig


Timothy Orwig is an architectural and social historian with a special interest in historic preservation. Tim earned his Ph.D. in American and New England Studies from Boston University, and holds an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Arkansas. He has taught the history of art, architecture, and design at Boston University, Simmons College, Brandeis University, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

After receiving his B.A. from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Tim worked as a community preservation activist and co-founded the preservation organization SiouxLandmark. His preservation consulting includes successfully nominating more than two dozen sites to the National Register of Historic Places, from an African-American church in New Hampshire to entire neighborhoods. He earned his second M.A., in Historic Preservation Studies, from Boston University, and served as the Preservation Chair of the New England chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Tim Orwig’s books include Morningside College: A Centennial History (1994); Historic Photos of Boston (2007); and Remembering Boston (2010). Historic New England magazine recently published articles by Orwig that examine the careers of architects Joseph Everett Chandler (restorer of the Paul Revere House and the House of the Seven Gables) and Frederick “Tad” Stahl, the Boston Modernist pioneer who also restored Quincy Market.

Tim Orwig is teaching courses at Northeastern in both the departments of Architecture and Art + Design.

Academic Research/Areas of Interest

  • Origins of the historic preservation movement in New England
  • Contemporary practitioners of historic preservation and rehabilitation
  • Poorhouses and the architectural response to poverty
  • Boston Modernism

Courses Taught

American Architecture

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