The demolition of St. Thomas Aquinas' old church has begun to make way for our new church. We can't wait for construction to begin!
All Photos by James Abrams
Cram and Ferguson is excited to announce that the firm will be presented with three awards at the November 18th AIACM Honor Awards Dinner.
- Merit Award for Design Excellence, St Andrews
- Merit Award for Design Excellence, St Kateri
- Citation Award for Design Excellence, Valley of our Lady Monastery
Design was completed on July 15, 2017 for a new 1200 seat church for the University Parish at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The new church is inspired by Byzantine and Romanesque themes that respond to the Rotonda designed by Thomas Jefferson on "the Lawn" nearby.
June 3 and 4, 2017 The Boston Architecture Foundation event dubbed CB17 Common Boston highlighted a diverse range of sites that shed:
"light on the great and hidden architecture of Boston. The goals of Common Boston are to promote a greater appreciation of the built environment, inspire discussion about excellence in design, planning, and preservation, and broaden awareness of the rich architectural and cultural traditions present in diverse communities throughout Greater Boston."
Among the 58 site featured in this year's event was our Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage, the continuation of the waterfront seafarer's chapel in the Seaport District.
The Festival program praised the Chapel design as a "beautiful house of prayer, intimate in size but majestic in its elements."
"Built in the 1950s to serve fishermen, longshoremen, and their families, the Chapel moved to a new site this year to better serve local workers. The new chapel retains much of its nautical heritage with a ceiling patterned after the hull of a ship and walls inscribed with the prayer “They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters…” It is a beautiful house of prayer, intimate in size, but majestic in its elements."
Short video by Newport Slate Company of slate roof under construction at Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel, Seaport District Boston. Cram and Ferguson were Design consultants to the Archdiocese for the exterior and Design Architect for the interior. Chapel to open December 2016.
The shell is sheathed and the brick workers are laying brick. Soon we will see the slate roof underway and windows will arrive. Boston's first new church in more than 50 years is under construction. This new church which will replace the beloved old Seaman's Chapel is under construction and moving smoothly.
Less apparent from our construction web cam photos the work on the interior proceeds as well. Sprinklers are underway, electrical and mechanical rough-in as well.
St. Edward's Chapel, at the Casady School in Oklahoma City designed by Cram and Ferguson and completed in 2010 has been selected for an Honor Award for Design Excellence in the 2015 AIA Central Massachusetts Chapter Awards Program. The Award will be presented at the AIA Annual Awards Dinner November 21, 2015 at the Higgins House at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester.
Cram & Ferguson has been working with the Archdiocese of Boston on renovations to the Belfry of The Cathedral of the Holy Cross to for the installation of 5 bells. These bells used to housed in Holy Trinity German Catholic Church.
On Sunday evening, a blessing of the bells ceremony took place at The Cathedral of the Holy Cross with Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
A New replacement for the well known Seamen's Chapel in the Boston Waterfront is under construction as part of Seaport Square a $ 3 Billion development. John Hynes and his development group BGI are constructing the new chapel as a replacement for the old Seamen's Chapel which will be demolished to make way for Seaport Square.
Cram and Ferguson were retained by the Archdiocese as consultants on the exterior design and designers of the interior of the new chapel. The chapel design will be based on Gothic wooden churches of the 15th century and their reliance on ship's carpentry as a knowledge base.
A new church designed by Cram and Ferguson Architects to replace St. Joseph's Church in Ridgway, Illinois destroyed by a tornado February 29, 2013 is nearing completion. The stone church which will seat more than 400 is expected to be finished for Christmas 2015.
Weather has presented many difficulties throughout the construction period with a wet spring in early 2014 and a cold and snowy winter that brought temperatures too low for masonry work. Last week the Rigalli company was on site to reinstall the altar which was salvaged from the destroyed church virtually unharmed.
Construction began on a new chapel in Boston's Seaport District in early September. The chapel interior has been designed by Ethan Anthony and Matthew Alderman and the Boston firm Cram and Ferguson and the exterior is the result of a collaboration with Seaport Hotel Design firm ADD Inc.
The Chapel which has been named Our Lady of Good Voyage is a chapel of St. Vincent's Church in South Boston. It will seat approximately 400 worshipers and will have regular masses. The interior will feature a design inspired by Gothic churches of the medieval period and will include re-purposed windows from four closed Boston-area parishes which are being restored by Lyn Hovey.
Tympanum designed by a local artist.
On May 6, 2015 the bells of the former St. Joseph Church, Ridgway, Illinois were raised into position in the new St. Kateri Church, Ridgway. St. Joseph's was demolished by a tornado in 2012.
A large crowd of parishioners and townspeople gathered to watch the bells hoisted into place in the new church which is expected to be completed by September of this year.
On November 21, 2014 the groundbreaking ceremony was held for Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel in Boston MA.
We were recently commissioned to design additions and renovations for the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Windsor Connecticut. The church occupies a modern building in a commercial area that is rapidly developing. The congregation wishes to add space in a number of areas throughout their exisiting facility.
Cram and Ferguson has been commissioned with designing the restoration/renovation of the Holy Cross Chapel at the Holderness School in Holderness, New Hampshire. The brick Chapel which was designed by Charles Coolidge Haight in 1884 is treasured by the school community.