The Architecture of Ralph Adams Cram and His Office

Ethan Anthony (Author)


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.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • April 2007
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73104-0
  • 8.9 × 11.3 in / 160 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Profusely illustrated volume…bequeaths the whole of the man’s kaleidoscopic output to a new generation of architects” — First Things

“Handsomely illustrated….Anthony’s unparalleled access to the firm’s records accounts for the insightful quality of the writing.” — Ecclesiology Today

“One splendid book.” — Denver Catholic Record

“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.” — The Institute of Sacred Architecture

“[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.” — Winterthur Portfolio

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