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Cram, Ralph Adams

Born: 1863 AD
Died: 1942 AD
Nationality: N/A
Categories: Architects, Authors, Lecturer

1863 – Born on the 16th of December in Hamton Falls, New Hampshire into a Unitarian clerical family, and in his youth called himself an agnostic.

1881 – At the age of 18, he moved to Boston and spent five years in the architectural office of Rotch & Tilen.

1886 – He left for Rome.

1887 – Had a dramatic conversion experience during a Christmas Eve mass in Rome. He remained a fervent Anglo-Catholic who self-identified as High Church Anglican from then on.

1890 – Crammed opened his first office with Charles Francis Wentworth at Number 1 Park Square in Boston in a studio that was little more than a closet.

1898 – He was in partnerniship with Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue in the Boston firm, Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson from 1898 up to 1914.

1900 – Cram got married and went on a wedding trip to Italy. He was invited to compete for the job of a new building campaign at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

1901 – He was the author of Church Building which was published this year.

1902 – He worked at Sweetbriar College just outside Virginia.

1904 – His different connections such as the Brothers of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, for whom he built a church, brought him national attention.

1907-1929 – He served as Consulting Architect in Princeton. He was responsible for the master plan that the University followed for future development.

1912 – Cram, Goodhue, and Ferguson were hired by the cathedral authorities to finish The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York in Gothic style.

1917 – In 1917, his other book The Substance of Gothic was published.

1942 – Died on the 22nd of September in Boston.