About Cram & Ferguson Architects:


Welcome and please enjoy the examples of our work on this web site.

Founded by Ralph Adams Cram and Charles Francis Wentworth in 1889, Cram & Ferguson Architects have been in continuous practice for 126 years. Cram and his third partner, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, developed Christian academic and religious architecture to a high art form in America. Their churches and college buildings continue to be celebrated today for their timeless quality and good design.

We continue to utilize the traditional forms and methods pioneered by our founders. The archives of the firm, extending to 100,000 drawings and photographs and including work on some 2000 buildings of all types in 44 states and several foreign countries, provides a knowledge base for the proper design of new work inspired by Classical American, Gothic and Romanesque buildings, many details of which have been lost to modern architecture.

Our President, Ethan Anthony, has continued the firm tradition of careful study and learning from original models. Since 2000, Ethan has made annual research visits to selected historical monuments in Europe to research ancient monuments that date from the Medieval period or even earlier Christianity in Europe. During the last twenty-six years, Ethan has made repeated visits to England, Scotland, France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Spain, and Portugal. During these trips he has visited hundreds of churches, monasteries, and Cathedrals to photograph and document their design characteristics, from overall plans to the smallest details of work in stone, iron, and glass.

Design is made more complete by matching cultural origins to current work. Much of that matching comes at the detail level in the execution of crafts and over the last thirty years we have worked to rebuild the Cram and Ferguson network of reliable craft sources throughout the Americas and in Europe. As a result, we have developed relationships with craft workers, including specialists in wrought iron, marble and granite, cast materials, tiles, slate, woodworking, cabinet makers, copper and bronze workers. Many of these craftsmen can be matched to a specific project as needed.

The current work depicted on this web site has been accomplished under the guidance of Principal Architect Ethan Anthony and his team over the past 25 years.

Awards:

  • 2017 AIACM Merit Award for Design Excellence for St. Kateri, Ridgeway, IL.
  • 2017 AIACM Merit Award for Design Excellence for St. Andrews, Denver, Colorado. 
  • 2017 AIACM Citation Award for Design Excellence for Our Lady of the Valley Monastery, Prairie Du Sac, WI.
  • 2015 AIACM Honor Award for Design Excellence for additions to, and renovation of, St Edward's Chapel, Oklahoma City. 
  • 2009 Architect of the Year award from the Macael Institute in Alicante, Spain. 
  • 2003 Golden Trowel Award for outstanding masonry building of the year for Our Lady of Walsingham Church, Houston, Texas. 
  • 1993 Honor Award from the Institute for Religious Art and Architecture for St. Elizabeth's Memorial Garden, Sudbury, Massachusetts.
  • 1938 and 1949 Boston Society of Architects Harleston Parker Awards for most beautiful building of the year.

 

We work with our clients to design for long service, organic sustainability and high-quality construction.

Our services include planning, new building design, addition design and preservation, restoration and renovation of historic structures, as well as assisting non-profit and municipal institutions with grant writing for historic preservation.

Please view the short video featured here to learn more about both our history and current work and structure. For those wishing to get in touch with us for any reason, please visit our contact page to send us an email or phone us at our Concord Studio at 978-451-0900.

Navneet Anand, President of AIA CM, and jury member Mike Petrovick of AIA NH, present the 2015 Honor Award to Ethan Anthony, Cram and Ferguson Architects, and Nathan Sheldon, Head of the Casady School.  The award was given to honor Design Excellence for Additions and Renovations to St. Edward's Chapel, Oklahoma City.

Ethan Anthony, AIA, receiving the Premio al Architeto from Manuel Sanchez Perez, President of the Marble Association of Andalucia, at the 2009 Macael Awards in Alicante, Spain.


Events in the Life of Ralph Adams Cram

1863      Cram is born in Hampton Falls in December of 1863

1876      Cram reads “Stones of Venice”

1881       Left Hampton Falls for Boston. Apprenticed to Rotch and Tilden

1882      Country cottage designs published in "Builder and Woodworker"

1884      Summer Tour of Europe; England, France Germany and Italy. Quits Rotch and Tilden. Art Critic with Boston Transcript. Saves Copley Square from development.

1885      Nine months in Italy, three months in Sicily with T. Henry Randall Maryland architect (d. 1906).

1886      Quits as art critic to Boston Transcript. Confirmed in Episcopal Church by Father (later Bishop) Brent

1889      Opened office at Number 1 Park Square, with Charles Francis Wentworth (1841-1897)

1890      Second prize competition for addition to the Massachusetts State House. Frank Cleveland (of Hampton NH) enters office as untrained draughtsman. Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue (1869-1924)                      joined office

1891      Participated in Suffolk County Court House Competition. Commission to design All Saints’ Ashmont

1892      Co-founds Boston Society of the Arts and Crafts (Slipek). Publishes "Knight Errant Quarterly"

1895      Goodhue made partner

1897      Travels to England to photograph churches for English Country Churches. Wentworth dies unexpectedly at 54 years of age.

1898      Second prize in competition for addition to the Massachusetts State House. Designs Richmond Court apartments. Tours Japan. Publishes "English Country Churches" folio of photographs

1899      Design for Japanese Diet. Publication of "Church Building"

1900      Married to Elizabeth Read of Richmond, Virginia. Honeymoon trip to England, France, Germany and Italy

1901      Wins competition to design Nashua Public Library, Nashua, New Hampshire. Commission to design Sweet Briar College, Amherst Virginia. Publishes "Black Spirits and White, The Decadent"

1902      Cram summers in England photographing ruined Abbeys, Elizabeth could not go (no money). Publication of "Ruined Abbeys"

1903      Firm Wins West Point Competition 15th Century English Gothic. Cram designs seal for the Chicago Episcopal Diocese

1904      Goodhue opens New York branch office

1905      Goodhue’s son Harry Wright Goodhue born (1905-1932)

1907      Cram appointed architect of Princeton University (1907-1929). Goodhue tours Mexico by train with Sylvester Baxter Boston Journalist photographs Mexican Churriguresque architecture

1908      Russell Sage Memorial First Presbyterian Church

1909      Publishes four editions of magazine Excalibur

1911      Cram appointed Consulting Architect of the Cathedral of St John the Divine, NY. Cornerstone laid at St Thomas’s Church New York City

1913      Christmas Eve Goodhue resigns. Cram speaks at laying of Richmond College cornerstone, Richmond  Virginia. Publishes "American Country Houses of Today". Graduate college at Princeton complete. Began design of Church of the New Jerusalem at Bryn Athyn Pennsylvania. Cram forewords Henry Adams Mont Saint Michel and Chartres

1914      Goodhue leaves firm (Oliver quote of partnership agreement from Cram papers BPL). "Publishes The  Ministry of Art"

1915      Publishes "The Heart of Europe"

1917      Publishes "Nemesis of Mediocrity" and publishes "The Substance of Gothic"

1918      Publishes "The Great Thousand Years"

1919      Publishes "Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh"

1921      Receives honorary Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard University

1922     Publishes "Towards the Great Peace". Winter vacation in Spain is Cram's first awareness of Spanish Gothic architecture

1923      Chester Anderson Brown begins laying out drawings for St George’s School. John Doran begins work on Princeton Chapel

1924      Death of Goodhue

1926      Founds Medieval Academy of America. Cleveland, Godfrey, and Hoyle admitted to Partnership. "Yachting trip to Greece and the Islands revealed the authentic Hellenistic art… but by then it was                  too late.” Virginia War Memorial at Richmond. Featured on the cover of TIME magazine

1927       Ferguson dies and Godfrey replaces him as partner. War Memorials at Fere-en-Tardenois and Belleau Wood

1928      McCormick Federal Post Office, Boston, Massachusetts. Cram speaks at Dedication of Princeton University Chapel

1929      St George’s Chapel completed. Physics Building University of Richmond Virginia. Edits and Forewords "American Church Architecture of Today"

1930     Publishes the "Catholic Church and Art"

1931      East Liberty Presbyterian Church

1932      Dedication of Virginia War Memorial Carillon in Richmond Cram attends. Publishes "The Cathedral of Palma Mallorca"

1935      Publishes "Convictions and Controversies"

1936      Library University of California at Los Angeles; Publishes "My Life in Architecture" and designs campus plan for Boston University

1940      Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Letters

1942      Cram dies after illness of one week

1943      Elizabeth Carrington Read Cram dies

1990      Ethan Anthony joins the firm as Principal.