• Art + Design

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 and an M.A. in Preservation Studies, both from Boston University. He also 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 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) (revised edition 2018); Historic Photos of Boston (2007) and Remembering Boston (2010); and Cape Cod Canal (2013). 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  Stahl, the Boston Modernist pioneer who also restored Quincy Market, as well as the construction of the Cape Cod Canal. Tim Orwig is teaching courses at Northeastern in both the Department of Architecture and Art + Design.

Expand to read more


  • Ph.D., American and New England Studies, Boston University
  • M.A., Preservation Studies, Boston University
  • M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Arkansas

Professional Experience

  • Consultant in National Register of Historic Places nominations and Comprehensive Community wide Surveys

Past Clients

  • Massachusetts Historical Commission
  • Various municipalities

Research/Publications Highlights

Morningside College at 125 Years. Sioux City, IA: Morningside College Press, in press; scheduled 2018.

Cape Cod Canal. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Press, 2013. Book written under contract with Historic

New England. Remembering Boston. Nashville, TN: Turner Publishing, 2010. Historic Photos of Boston.

Nashville, TN: Turner Publishing, 2007. Morningside College: A Centennial History. Sioux City, IA: Morningside College P., 1994.


Building the Cape Cod Canal Historic New England Magazine Spring 2014: 26-29.  Available online at https://issuu.com/historicnewengland/docs/historic_new_england_spring_2014

The Legacy of Farmer Brown.Historic New England Magazine Summer 2013: 12-15. Available online at https://issuu.com/historicnewengland/docs/historic_new_england_summer_2013

Concrete Solutions: Tad Stahl’s Urbanism. Historic New England Magazine Spring 2012: 16-20. Available online at https://issuu.com/historicnewengland/docs/historic_new_england_spring_2012

Joseph Everett Chandler, Architect and Preservationist. Historic New England Magazine Winter/Spring 2011: 24-29. Available online at: https://issuu.com/historicnewengland/docs/historic_new_england_winter-spring__1b98fbd97f8308

Addition to the William S. and John T. Spaulding House, Sunset Rock, Prides Crossing, Beverly, Massachusetts. Drawing Toward Home: Designs for Domestic Architecture from Historic New England. Ed. James F. O’Gorman. Boston: Historic New England, 2010. 126-127.

None Less Changed by Years: Joseph Everett Chandler and the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House.” Rediscovering the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House. Ed. Michael Kenney and Gavin W. Kleespies. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge Historical Society, 2010. 33-34.

Contributor of 15 entries to Keith N. Morgan, ed., Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009.

Professional Affiliations

Society of Architectural Historians

Research Interests

  • American architectural and social history
  • Historical resources surveys
  • National Register of Historic Places nominations