in memoriam: David H. Hulihan, april 10, 1939 - May 12, 2018 by Ethan Anthony


David Hulihan joined Cram and Ferguson Architects predecessor firm, Hoyle Doran & Berry, Inc in October 1971. David had been employed at Harrison and Abramowitz in New York City after graduation from Columbia Architecture where he worked on Rockefeller Center projects. During his time at Hoyle, Doran & Berry he worked on the State office buildings at Government Center including space planning for a number of state agencies including Attorney General Belloti's offices. His experience and interests were in office buildings and office space and he worked on the new Building for National Life Insurance Company in Montpelier, Vermont and the renovations of the National Life Insurance and State Mutual Life Insurance Headquarters office buildings in Worcester.

David had a deep knowledge and understanding of heavy and technical construction and of high quality detailing he put to use on all of the projects he completed. He excelled in solving complex technical problems including constructing antenna towers atop the Prudential Insurance Building in Boston.

He was an excellent manager and teacher and everyone who worked with him came away with a better understanding of how to put a building together in a logical way that would endure through the years.

David was a wonderful partner to me during the 7 years we worked together and we collaborated not only in running the business of Hoyle, Doran & Berry and descendant firms; HDB/Cram and Ferguson and Cram and Ferguson Architects but also in establishing a practice of high standards and humanity. David was always a good friend to me and I relied on him greatly up to his retirement from active practice in February 1998. 



AIA Central Mass Awards by Ethan Anthony

Cram and Ferguson is excited to announce that the firm will be presented with three awards at the November 18th AIACM Honor Awards Dinner. 

Winning projects:

  • Merit Award for Design Excellence, St Andrews
  • Merit Award for Design Excellence, St Kateri
  • Citation Award for Design Excellence, Valley of our Lady Monastery
St. Andrews, Addition, Merit Award for Design Excellence

St. Andrews, Addition, Merit Award for Design Excellence

St Kateri, New Construction with Use of Altar from Original Church, Merit Award for Design Excellence

St Kateri, New Construction with Use of Altar from Original Church, Merit Award for Design Excellence

Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Unbuilt Project, Citation Award for Design Excellence

Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Unbuilt Project, Citation Award for Design Excellence

New Church for University Parish at UVA Charlottesville, VA by Ethan Anthony

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.


Downloadable Booklet produced by the Parish

See the Parish Publication here:

View of Church from Alderman Road, Charlottesville, VA

View of Church from Alderman Road, Charlottesville, VA

Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage included in List of 58 Gems of Boston by Ethan Anthony

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."

The festival booklet with the other 58 sites can be viewed and downloaded here. For the booklets from other years and more information about Common Boston and its annual program look here.

Masonry underway on Boston Waterfront Chapel by Ethan Anthony

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. 

Cram and Ferguson's St Edward's Chapel chosen for AIA Honor Award for Design by Ethan Anthony

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.

Visit the AIA CM Awards Page

Cathedral of the Holy Cross Bell Blessing by Ethan Anthony


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.



New Seaport Chapel Under Construction by Ethan Anthony

Rendering: Stantec

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.

St. Kateri Catholic Church Nearing Completion by Ethan Anthony

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.