OVER 85 YEARS OF INNOVATION
We like to believe that the founding partners of Freeman French Freeman – Ruth, John, and William – are proud of the work we do today. For over 85 years FFF has helped shape the built environment by designing some of Vermont’s most notable buildings and public spaces.
Architect John French joins the husband and wife team of Bill and Ruth Freeman to form Freeman French Freeman.
Frank Lloyd Wright completes Falling Water
Eighty years after construction, Barre Municipal Auditorium remains one of the city’s most cherished buildings.
Germany invades Poland to begin WWII
Alvar Aalto designs Baker House Dormitory at M.I.T.
Ruth Freeman designs this early “solar house” for an important book published by Simon & Shuster.
The Ed Sullivan Show makes its television debut
FFF brings modern air travel to the North Country with its design of the Plattsburgh Airport.
FFF’s Art Deco masterpiece at 120 State Street sits directly across from the Statehouse in Montpelier.
Ohavi Zedek Synagogue opens to become the center of Jewish life in the greater Burlington area.
Hillary & Norgay summit Mount Everest
The Burlington Federal Building becomes one of the city’s largest buildings.
The Union Mutual Fire Insurance Building in Montpelier serves as a potent reminder of the impact fire can have on buildings of all types.
The green and gray glass facade of the Burlington Federal Savings building makes it one of Vermont’s most distinctive buildings.
President D. Eisenhower creates NASA
The Starr Library adds two stories of light-filled space for students at Middlebury College.
JFK becomes America’s youngest president
UVM expands its campus south across Main Street in Burlington with all new athletic facilities, including Gutterson Field House and Patrick Gym.
Eero Saarinen opens the TWA Terminal in New York
The Howard Bank (now TD Bank) Building remains an important commercial hub in Burlington to this day.
FFF partners with the renowned firm of Skidmore, Owens & Merrill (SOM) to design the Given Health Sciences Building on the UVM campus.
The Chapel of Saint Michael, Archangel becomes the new spiritual home for the Saint Michael’s College community.
Shelburne Middle School, one of dozens of Vermont schools FFF designed in the 1960s and 1970s, wins several awards for innovative design.
Buckminster Fuller makes waves at Expo ’67
FFF designs Cook Hall at UVM. Fifty years later FFF and Ellenzweig would complete its replacement, the UVM STEM Complex, on the same site.
Sydney Opera House Opens
New England Architect Magazine features FFF’s distinctive designs for Chittenden Bank in its September issue.
FFF partners with Mies van der Rohe to design the Radisson (now Hilton) Hotel in Burlington.
Both Microsoft and Apple founded
FFF moves to 81 Maple Street in Burlington, where we remain to this day.
Elvis Presley dies at age 42
FFF helps to revitalize downtown Portland, Maine with this trio of office buildings at Canal Plaza.
Bill Wiese and Fred Senftleber become the second generation of owners at Freeman French Freeman.
Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building opens in NYC
FFF designs a new office building for a small construction firm with big ambitions, Pizzagalli Construction.
Trinity Pawling School’s Cluett Hall returns to its turn-of-the-century glory with this top-to-bottom restoration.
At the encouragement of Governor Dick Snelling, Jesse Beck returns to Vermont as a third-generation owner of the firm.
The Berlin Wall falls
The FFF team strikes a pose on the steps of 81 Maple Street.
FFF’s gut renovation of Alliot Hall at Saint Michael’s College breathes new life into an aging student center.
Nelson Mandela is freed after 27 years in prison
FFF helps transform the Burlington International Airport into a regional transportation hub in this first-of-many expansion projects at BTV.
J.K. Rowling introduces Harry Potter book series
What was an old swimming pool becomes “The Grille,” a multipurpose student center and dining facility at Middlebury College.
The FFF team makes the cover of Builder/Architect Magazine.
New break and garment rooms at IBM’s Essex Junction plant represent just one of many projects FFF completed with the tech giant over two decades.
Daniel Libeskind opens the Jewish Museum in Berlin
Alex Halpern and Shawn Brennan join Jesse Beck to become the fourth generation of owners at Freeman French Freeman.
The Burlington International Airport adds a second terminal and connected parking garage to meet growing demand for air travel at BTV.
Al Gore releases An Inconvenient Truth.
FFF and Tsoi Kobus complete the $310M Renaissance Project at the UVM Medical Center.
Apple releases the first iPhone
The Edgar May Health and Recreation Center in Springfield wins a Vermont Smart Growth Award for its creative reuse of an old industrial site.
Obama becomes the first African American President
FFF and Ellenzweig complete UVM’s Jeffords Hall, one of the first academic science buildings in the country to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Burlington’s Flynn Center receives a prestigious Honor Award from AIA Vermont for the careful restoration of its historic Art Deco theater.
SpaceX Dragon lands at the International Space Station
The Dion Family Student Center and Quad Commons Residences create a new hub for student life at Saint Michael’s College.
One World Trade Center opens in New York
FFF and Goody Clancy celebrate the reopening of the LEED Platinum Waterbury State Office Complex after four years of construction.
Apple’s new headquarters by Norman Foster opens
FFF and Jones Architecture complete $50M in new and renovated classroom buildings at Norwich University.
Catherine Lange and Josh Crandall become the fifth generation of owners at Freeman French Freeman.
A global pandemic begins with the Covid-19 virus
After years of planning and fundraising, the Pomerleau Family YMCA opens its new facility in downtown Burlington on New Year’s Day.
Efficiency Vermont recognizes the Pomerleau Family YMCA as the “Best of the Best” in energy-efficient design at its annual conference.
Alex Halpern becomes the firm’s fourth President following the retirement of Jesse Beck in late 2022.