The Architecture of Ralph Adams Cram and His Office

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This book examines the life and works of a major architect whose buildings today surpass him in recognition.
In the early twentieth century—a time when modernism was favored over classicism, and architectural iconoclasm over tradition—the commissions of Ralph Adams Cram were inspired by elegant practicality, mystical philosophies, and a keen sense of history and place. Among them were such religious masterpieces as St. John the Divine in New ...

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Overview

This book examines the life and works of a major architect whose buildings today surpass him in recognition.
In the early twentieth century—a time when modernism was favored over classicism, and architectural iconoclasm over tradition—the commissions of Ralph Adams Cram were inspired by elegant practicality, mystical philosophies, and a keen sense of history and place. Among them were such religious masterpieces as St. John the Divine in New York City, the chapel at West Point, and campus architecture at Princeton.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
“[R]einforces Cram's status as a defining figure in American neo-Gothic church architecture…Recommended.”
SoMA Review
“[A] handsome catalogue raisonée of Cram's achievements.”
First Things
“Profusely illustrated volume…bequeaths the whole of the man’s kaleidoscopic output to a new generation of architects”
Ecclesiology Today
“Handsomely illustrated….Anthony’s unparalleled access to the firm’s records accounts for the insightful quality of the writing.”
Denver Catholic Record
“One splendid book.”
The Institute of Sacred Architecture
“At last we have an accurate catalogue raisonne of all the works, painstakingly compiled from the records of Cram’s successor firm…The book permits us finally to take the measure of the architect in full….[E]legant and thoughtful monograph.”
Winterthur Portfolio
“[A] detailed discussion of the evolution of the firm itself, as well as unprecedented access to the firm’s own archives…[R]eaders who enjoy modern American architecture will note just how widespread, if under-studied, Cram’s influence has been…such attention on this complex figure and his stunning portfolio is both well deserved and overdue.”
Choice
“[R]einforces Cram's status as a defining figure in American neo-Gothic church architecture…Recommended.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393731040
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/16/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,176,203
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ethan Anthony, president of HDB Architects, the successor firm of Cram and Ferguson, lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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