Cram, Ralph Adams

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Born: Dec 16, 1863 AD
Died: 1942 AD, at 78 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
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.
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