John Tschirch is an architectural historian specializing in the artistic and social evolution of historic houses and landscapes. He serves as Director of Museum Affairs and Architectural Historian for the Preservation Society of Newport County in Newport, Rhode Island.
He has lectured widely both in the United States and abroad on architecture, landscapes and historic cities. Additionally, he presented conference papers at UNESCO ICOMOS in Buenos Aires and Yale University’s Mellon Center in London.
Early Life and Education
John Tschirch is an architectural historian and writer, having spent three decades exploring historic houses and landscapes around the globe. His excursions have taken him to French chateaux, English castles, Italian villas, Austrian palaces, Croatian fortresses, as well as Gilded Age houses in America.
He currently works as an instructor of design history for Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education, for which he was recognized with the 2010 Excellence in Teaching award. Furthermore, he serves as Visiting Curator of Urban History at Newport Historical Society.
Tschirch’s forthcoming book, Newport: The Artful City, delves into the city’s rich historical legacy from 17th century to 1960s. He has gathered an array of period maps and photographs from its deep archives; driven by his “passion for Newport’s architecture,” Tschirch was inspired to pen this work which is due for release on Oct. 27.
John is an architectural historian, writer and teacher specializing in the architectural and social evolution of historic houses and landscapes. He serves as Instructor in Design History for Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education – for which he received their 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award – and as Visiting Curator of Urban History at Newport Historical Society.
As an architectural historian with 30 years of experience, he’s led tours to French chateaux and castles, English palaces and Italian villas as well as America’s Gilded Age mansions. Additionally, he writes both fiction and non-fiction on art, culture and history topics.
Achievements and Honors
John Tschirch is an architectural historian, writer and teacher whose research into historic preservation has taken him to French chateaux, English castles, Italian villas, Austrian palaces, Croatian fortresses and Argentinian mansions. Previously Director of Museum Affairs and Architectural Historian for the Preservation Society of Newport County in Rhode Island, his expertise has been put to the test by living inside some incredible places!
In 2017, he began working with the Newport Tree Conservancy to develop a series of tours, lectures and events that explored the deep history of Newport’s landscapes. Now complete, their America’s Eden project highlights their value and calls for thoughtful protection and preservation. They are currently finishing up work on a book about this subject titled America’s Eden: Newport Landscapes Through the Ages.
John Tschirch is an architectural historian, writer and teacher renowned for his thirty-year career in historic preservation. Throughout this time, he has visited French chateaux, English castles, Italian villas, Austrian palaces, Croatian fortresses, Argentinian mansions as well as Gilded Age houses throughout America.
He has lectured around the world on architecture, landscapes and historic cities for audiences ranging from Yale University’s Mellon Center in London Seminar on 18th Century French Design to UNESCO sponsored conference on Architecture and Culture in Buenos Aires. His work in preserving and interpreting historic places has been featured in magazines like Magazine Antiques, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler; additionally he wrote two books: Newport: The Artful City (2020) and America’s Eden: Newport Landscapes through Ages (2022), which won a Victorian Society of America Book Award in 2021.
John Tschirch has achieved the status of one of Earth’s wealthiest individuals through hard work and dedication.
He began his life from a place of weakness, yet through wise decisions and hard work he was able to achieve great success. Now his work is renowned around the world, having had an immense impact on millions of lives.
He was born in the United States to parents who weren’t particularly wealthy. To support himself and pay for schooling, he had to manage his life and earn money. Eventually, he relocated to another city so that he could continue his studies.