Mid Century Modern Architecture
US National Parks
Visitors Centers *
About Christine Madrid
Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone, designed by
Welton Becket & Associates
Mission 66 was a 1950's United States National Park Service program
intended to dramatically expand Park Service visitor services by 1966 for
the 50th anniversary of the Park Service. Mission 66
was meant to accommodate increased visitor numbers and
provide high-quality interpretation services. While Mission 66 involved
infrastructure projects such as roads, utilities and employee
housing, the most visible components were interpretive facilities and
visitor centers, many of which were designed by prominent modern architects.
Christine Madrid French created
this site around 1997 as part of her master's thesis. She updated the site for over ten years,
stopping content in 2008, so some of the information is outdated.
The site includes her decade-long fight to save Richard Neutra's
In 2018, she donated the website to the USModernist Library.
If you have information on a Mission
66 visitor center or would like to help preserve these
structures, please contact Christine Madrid French