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John Tschirch


John Tschirch is an architectural historian, writer, and photographer. He received his M.A. (1986) in Architectural History and Historic Preservation from the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. His thirty-year career in the preservation and study of historic cities, landmarks, landscapes, and art collections across the globe has led him on treks from French chateaux to English farmhouses and American factories. He has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad, from the Yale University’s Mellon Center Seminar in London on 18th Century French Design to the UNESCO sponsored conference on Architecture and Culture in Buenos Aires. His publications include America’s Eden: Newport Landscapes through the Ages (Giles Ltd, London, 2022) and Newport: The Artful City (Giles Ltd. London, 2020) for which he received a 2021 Victorian Society in America Book Award. He contributes essays to the Mass Humanities blog, The Public Humanist, and writes historical fiction, such as Gods and Girls: Tales of Art, Seduction and Obsession (Amazon 2019) and a forthcoming trilogy inspired by the 17th century fairy tales of Charles Perrault. His work may be seen at