Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg National Military Park, PA, designed by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander, 1962.
Architectural Historian | Project Director | Author
Specializing In archival research, project development/management, and the recognition and re-use of historic structures. Key skills in:
Establishing strategic frameworks to ensure completion of objectives.
Creating and managing projects that have the potential for meaningful replication, are nationally significant, and/or have a nationwide impact.
Establishing strong teams, building financial resources and leading culture changes required to make the work effective.
Setting and meeting measurable goals.
Supporting the evaluation of new strategies in survey, research, and national identification of historic places.
Identifying expansion opportunities.
Public education and advocacy. I can help you get your message across to the public through radio interviews, presentations, or targeted social media campaigns. Check out my Presentations page or introduce a new idea. I can work with you on topics such as "Discovering the Next Generation of Heritage," "A Crash Course in 20th-Century Architecture and Design," "Making the Case for Modernism and the Recent Past," or "The Next Fifty Years in Historic Preservation." Contact me for rates and schedule.
Recent Experience and Projects:
Author, "American Modern Architecture as Frame and Character in Alfred Hitchcock's Cinematic Spaces," to be published by University of Virginia Press, 2019. Released in short form as an essay in Critical Insights: Alfred Hitchcock (Douglas Cunningham, ed., Salem Press, 2016). Download a PDF of the essay;
"Florida's Mid-Century Modern Resources, 1945-1975: Historic Context Statements & Identification of 50 Flagship Structures," principal investigator for a groundbreaking, multi-tiered analysis of significant modernist buildings, structures, and landscapes statewide. Working with Morris Hylton, III, (Director of the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Florida), with additional grant funding from the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources (2017-2018);
Project Director, Preservation Capen, Winter Park, Florida (2013-2015), a successful effort to save, move (by barge over water), and restore a historic 19th-century lakeside "Old Florida" mansion;
Historian, author, and project coordinator for a National Historic Landmark Nomination, 1938 J. Andre Smith Research Studio, Maitland, FL, for the City of Maitland, Operated as the headquarters of the Arts & History Museums--Maitland. Nomination approved by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior (2012-2014).
Social Media + Websites: LinkedIn: Christine Madrid French Twitter: @archmodfor Modernism, Historic Preservation, Architecture, Design, and Heritage. Ranked a "Top Urban Planning Twitter Feed," by Planetizen in 2010. My Mission 66 National Park Service Visitor Center research is available at: www.mission66.com