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Ralph Adams Cram

Ralph Adams Cram Biography

Architect


ABOUT
Designer of many schools and churches, usually in the Gothic Revival style; honored on the December 16 feast day of the U.S. Episcopal Church. An American Institute of Architects fellow.
BEFORE FAME
He studied classical architecture in Rome after working for five years for the famed architectural firm, Rotch & Tilden. His conversion to Anglo-Catholicism came while attending an 1887 Christmas Eve mass in Rome.

FAMILY LIFE
He married Elizabeth Carrington Reed in 1900 and had three children: Mary Carrington Cram, Ralph Wentworth Cram, and Elizabeth Strudwick Cram. He established the family burial site at the St. Elizabeth's Memorial Churchyard.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He was born in the same state as the 14th U.S. president, Franklin Pierce.
TRIVIA
His firm designed the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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