About Cram & Ferguson:
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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 today 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 and details many 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 Mr. Anthony has made annual research visits to selected historical monuments in Europe to research ancient monuments most that date from the Medieval period or even earlier Christianity in Europe. During the last twenty six years Mr. Anthony 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 plan 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 any of whom 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: The 2015 Honor Award for Design Excellence from AIACM for Additions to and renovation of St Edward's Chapel, Oklahoma City, The 2009 Architect of the Year award from the Macael Institute in Alicante, Spain; The 2003 Golden Trowel Award for outstanding masonry building of the year for Our Lady of Walsingham Church, Houston, Texas, A 1993 Honor Award from the Institute for Religious Art and Architecture for St. Elizabeth's Memorial Garden Sudbury, Massachusetts and 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 sustainabilty 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 1-978-451-0900.
Navneet Anand, President AIA CM and Jury member Mike Petrovick AIA NH, Present the 2015 Honor Award for Design Excellence, for Additions and Renovations to St. Edward's Chapel, Casady School to Ethan Anthony, Cram and Ferguson Architects and Nathan Sheldon, Casady Head of School.
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
1840 Birth of Ralph’s mother Sarah Elizabeth Blake Cram
1863 Cram is born in Hampton Falls; December 1863
1876 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 Premiated 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 Win 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 Summer 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 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. Begin 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
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 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 Godfrey replaces him as partner. War Memorials at Fere-en-Tardenois and Belleau Wood
1928 McCormick Federal Post Office Boston Massachusetts. 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, 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