The Power of Place - May 2013 Podcast

Oak Alley will remain closed until we complete the process of cleanup from Hurricane Ida . The plantaton grounds has extensive vegetative debris from the storm but the buildings and alley are secure. We appreciate your messages of support during this difficult time for the entire SE Louisiana region. We will update our website when we have more information on re-opening.


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What are the components that make a place significant? Special? What can architectural decisions made by designers and builders tell us about their attitude towards style, their environment, and their culture? Designer and educator Christine Franck explains how place impacts architecture at Oak Alley in this fascinating interview. Hosted by Laura Kilcer, Curator of Collections for Oak Alley Foundation.

CHRISTINE G. H. FRANCK is a designer, educator, and author. Her design work ranges from award-winning residential design to preservation, landscape and decorative projects.  In addition, she teaches, lectures, and writes on the topics of architectural design, contemporary and historic Classical architecture and historic American domestic architecture. Her design work has been published in magazines and books such as Architecture, Residential Architect, New Old House, Period Homes, The Classicist No. 6 and exhibited at shows such as Buildings Made by Hand, The Art of Building Cities, A Decade of Art and Architecture, and New Palladians.

Ms. Franck currently serves or has served as trustee and advisor of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), the International College of Chapters of the International Network of Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU), the National Civic Art Society (NCAS) and the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Her design sensitivity was developed at an early age in her hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia where she is currently residing while completing research and writing for her upcoming books.


"The Power of Place" - Podcast for April 2013 with Christine Franck