Architectural Historian | Project Director | Author Specializing in archival research, project development, recognition and re-use of historic structures, with a focus on story telling.
Photograph by Sandy Holmes, Elemental Eyes, 2017.
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June 26, Preservation Utah and the Salt Lake Modern Committee, "An Evening with Alfred Hitchcock's Mid-Century Cinematic Architecture." 5:00-6:30 p.m., Sweet Branch Library, 455 F. Street, Salt Lake City. Followed by a no-host reception at Avenues Proper, 376 8th Avenue. More details. Enjoy a lively evening discussion of film and architecture focusing on director Alfred Hitchcock’s penchant for creating suspenseful chase scenes, heart-stopping moments, and romantic interludes against the backdrop of American architecture. Two leading historians on the topic, Christine Madrid French (a University of Utah alumna) and Douglas A. Cunningham, Ph.D. (editor of two books on Alfred Hitchcock’s films), will present the latest in their work interpreting Hitchcock’s mid-century movies, including Vertigo,Psycho, Rear Window, and The Birds. Cunningham will discuss ideas for the creation of a Vertigo film-site heritage trail in “Mapping/Marking Cinephilia: The Case for a Vertigo Heritage Trail,” and French will explore popular film archetypes in “The Building is the Celebrity: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mid-Century Cinematic Architecture.” These visually rich presentations will illuminate the building backstories of the Villain’s Lair, the Motel & the Mansion, and the Urban Voyeur in Hitchcock’s most famous movies--where the buildings are the real celebrities.
June 30, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. "The National Parks Go Modern: Atomic Age Visitor Centers," at the Civilian Conservation Corps Rec Hall inside the national park, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Includes a facade tour of the Far View Visitor Center, a mid-century modern building constructed during the Mission 66 program. Part of a symposium featuring "The Past-The Present-The Future," to help determine the fate of this historic building.
"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)
Contact Information + Resumes
Qualifications Package: An illustrated synopsis of my work in Fundraising & Development, Advocacy & Outreach, Heritage Education & Practice, Organizational Operations, and Professional Service. Career Summary/Key Strengths/Achievements. Contact Me: madridfrench @ gmail.com (no spaces in email address )
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. Instagram: @madamhistorian My Mission 66 National Park Service Visitor Center research is available at: www.mission66.com