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Male, US, born 1863-12-16, died 1942-09-22

Associated with the firms network

Cram and Ferguson, Architects; Cram and Wentworth, Architects; Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson, Architects; Cram, Goodhue and Wentworth, Architects

Professional History


Partner, Cram and Wentworth, Boston, MA, 1888-1892.

Partner, Cram, Wentworth and Goodhue, Architects, Boston, MA, c. 1892-1898.

Partner, Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson, Architects, Boston and New York, NY, c. 1898-1914.


Professor of Philosophy and Head, School of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA.

Professional Activities

Cram was a prolific writer and medieval historian, authoring 24 books and over 100 periodical articles. (He also began or edited four journals.) His primary interests where Gothic medievalism and Japanes art and design.

President, Boston Society of Architects.

Chairman, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Committee on Education, 1913. (See "Tendencies in American Architecture, American Architect, vol. CIII, no. 1941, p. 3.)

Professional Awards

Member, National Institute of Arts and Letters; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Fellow, American Institute of Architects; Fellow, the North British Academy of Art; Fellow, Royal Geographical Society;


Ralph Adams Cram's papers are located in the Architectural Archive of the Boston Public Library.



Cram did not attend college; he apprenticed with Rotch and Tilden, Architects, Boston, MA, in the early 1880s.


Biographical Notes

Inspired by the English architect, Henry Vaughan, Cram toured England in the 1880s, and became steeped in Gothic architecture at this time, sparking a lifetime fascination with the subject.

Associated Locations

  • Hampton Falls, NH (Architect's Birth)
    Hampton Falls, NH

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