Cram, Ralph Adams

Cram, Ralph Adams,

1863–1942, American architect, b. Hampton Falls, N.H. An ardent exponent of Gothic architecture, Cram produced many collegiate and ecclesiastical works in a neo-Gothic style. Among these are part of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; the graduate school and chapel at Princeton; and buildings at Williams, Phillips Exeter Academy, Rice Univ., and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After the withdrawal of B. G. GoodhueGoodhue, Bertram Grosvenor
, 1869–1924, American architect, b. Pomfret, Conn. He studied under James Renwick in New York City and in 1891 entered the office of Ralph Adams Cram in Boston.
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 in 1914, the architectural firm with which he was associated was known as Cram and Ferguson.


See Ralph Adams Cram: Life and Architecture (Vol. I, 1995) by D. Shand-Tucci.

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Cram, Ralph Adams

A leading Gothic Revivalist in the United States; influenced by William Morris and John Ruskin.
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Cram, Ralph Adams

(1863–1942) architect and author; born in Hampton Falls, N.H. In partnership in Boston with Bertram Goodhue and then with Frank William Ferguson (1892–1913) he became identified with the Gothic Revival style, particularly in church (the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (1915–41), New York) and collegiate architecture (West Point (1903–10), Princeton University (1907–29)). Cram directed architecture studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1914–19) and published several books on Gothic architecture and medieval-based social systems.
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