Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942) was an influential Boston architect, writer, and teacher. A leader in the Gothic Revival movement, he is best known for his more than 50 religious buildings across the country, and his work in the Collegiate Gothic style that shaped the campuses of Princeton, Rice, and Boston University. Later in his career, Cram produced some of Boston's most notable Art Deco designs.
Cram never attended college but apprenticed in the architecture office of Rotch and Tilden. He went on to write two dozen books and many articles, and was Dean of the MIT School of Architecture from 1914 to 1921. Local examples of Cram's work, and that of his firms Cram & Ferguson and Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson, are included in this guide.