Cram and Ferguson Architects

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Cram and Ferguson Architects LLC
FormerlyCram and Wentworth (1889-1890)

Cram, Wentworth and Goodhue (1890-1905)

Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson (1905-14)

Cram and Ferguson (1914-1958)

Hoyle, Doran and Berry (1958-92)

HDB/Cram and Ferguson (1992-2008)

Cram and Ferguson LLC (2008–present)
TypeLimited Liability Company
FounderRalph Adams Cram
HeadquartersConcord, Massachusetts, United States
ProductsArchitectural design
OwnerEthan Anthony AIA

Cram and Ferguson Architects is an architecture firm based in Concord, Massachusetts. The company was founded as a partnership in 1889 by the "preeminent American Ecclesiastical Gothicist"[1] Ralph Adams Cram and Charles Francis Wentworth. In 1890 they were joined by Bertram Goodhue, who was made a partner in 1895.

The firm name has changed as partners have changed and names have included: Cram and Wentworth, Cram Goodhue and Wentworth, Cram Goodhue and Ferguson, Cram and Ferguson, Cram and Ferguson Architects, Hoyle, Doran and Berry and HDB/Cram and Ferguson all successor firms to the original partnership of Ralph Adams Cram and Charles Francis Wentworth.

Frank Ferguson, their structural engineer, was made a partner on Wentworth's death in 1905 making the firm one of the earliest A/E firms.[2][3] Hoyle, Doran and Berry, Inc. the partnership formed by Alexander Hoyle and John Doran continuing the unbroken succession descending from original Cram collaborators in 1958, HDB/Cram and Ferguson was the partnership of David H. Hulihan long time employee of Cram and Ferguson and Ethan Anthony AIA. That partnership was reformed in 2008 on the retirement of President David H. Hulihan and the firm reverted to its traditional name of Cram and Ferguson Architects under the leadership of Ethan Anthony AIA.

In 1931, in Cram's waning years, Arthur Tappan North wrote in his Monograph on the firm's work:[4]

Some architectural styles such as the Gothic manifestations in several countries, were invented for and dedicated to a specific use which has continued to this day in the original or modified forms. It was this continuity of use that was the basis of the conception of Cram and Wentworth and their successors, including Cram and Ferguson, of the ideal American church. A consistent adherence to this ideal did not in any manner prevent their work assuming a wide range of individual expressions, a testimony to their extensive knowledge and understanding, liberally expressed. Among a very small number of American Architects, Ralph Adams Cram is a distinguished contributor to (architectural) literature, not confined to the purely technical aspects of architecture but to it sociological and philosophical attributes. Dr. Cram is equally distinguished for his contributions to architecture, which, although predominantly ecclesiastical in character, embrace many building projects of different types. While he has always been recognized as the senior member of the firm, he has always unselfishly accorded to his associates a full measure of credit for their cooperation and equal contributions to its successes.

— Arthur Tappan North

Since 1990 Cram and Ferguson under the leadership of the American Architect; Ethan Anthony is completing new church and academic work including: the St. Thomas Aquinas University Church at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage at Boston Seaport, Massachusetts and the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church at Ridgway, Illinois. Major work the last fifteen years, the Benedictine Monastery of Syon Abbey on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, Virginia, The Phillips Chapel at the Canterbury School in Greensboro, North Carolina and The Edward's Chapel at The Casady School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Historic projects[edit]

Religious architecture[edit]

St. Thomas Church, New York, NY, 1907
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit, MI, 1908-11

Academic architecture[edit]

Princeton University Graduate College Design, 1913
John Hancock Building, Boston, MA

Residential, institutional, and commercial architecture[edit]

Illustrations and floor plan from the 1920 proposal for the Currier Art Gallery in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Recent projects[edit]

St. Edward's Chapel, The Casady School, Olklahoma city, OK
Our Lady of Walsingham


  • 2019 AIA CM Awards – Emmanuel Baptist Church[15]
  • Real Estate and Construction Review Plaque of Honor – Our Lady of Walsingham[15]
  • 2017 AIACM Merit Award for Design Excellence for St. Kateri, Ridgeway, IL
  • 2017 AIACM Merit Award for Design Excellence for St. Andrews, Denver, Colorado
  • 2017 AIACM Citation Award for Design Excellence for Our Lady of the Valley Monastery, Prairie Du Sac, WI
  • 2015 AIACM Honor Award for Design Excellence for additions to, and renovation of, St Edward's Chapel, Oklahoma City
  • 2009 Architect of the Year award from the Macael Institute in Alicante, Spain
  • 2003 Golden Trowel Award for outstanding masonry building of the year for Our Lady of Walsingham Church, Houston, Texas
  • 1993 Honor Award from the Institute for Religious Art and Architecture for St. Elizabeth's Memorial Garden, Sudbury, Massachusetts
  • 1938 and 1949 Boston Society of Architects Harleston Parker Awards for most beautiful building of the year


  • Ralph Adams Cram, founder of the firm
    The practice of the office was started by Ralph Adams Cram in 1889
  • In 1890 Mr. Cram became associated with Charles F. Wentworth and later with Bertram G. Goodhue, who became a partner in 1895. Frank W. Ferguson became a partner in 1899
  • Mr. Wentworth died in 1899. Mr. Goodhue conducted the New York Office of the firm for some time before his connection was terminated in 1913
  • On July 1, 1925, Frank E. Cleveland, Chester Godfrey and Alexander E. Hoyle were admitted to partnership and a new contract was entered into on October 5, 1926. Now four partners
  • Mr. Ferguson died October 4, 1926. (Born November 3, 1861, Portsmouth, N.H.)
  • Mr. Cram died September 22, 1942, and the partnership continued with the three remaining partners. (Born December 16, 1863, Hampton Falls, N.H.)
  • On January 1, 1944, Chester A. Brown, John T. Doran and William H. Owens were admitted to partnership. The firm now consisted of six equal partners
  • Mr. Cleveland died July 30, 1950, and a new partnership was entered into on August 1, 1950, with the five remaining partners. (Born Nov. 11, 1877, Richmond, P.Q., Canada)
  • Mr. Godfrey died May 5, 1952, and a new partnership was entered into on July 15, 1952, with the remaining four partners – Messrs. Hoyle, Brown, Doran Owens. (Born April 17, 1878, at Hampton, N.H.)
  • Mr. Owens retired April 30, 1953, and a new partnership was entered into on May 1, 1953, with the three remaining partners – Messrs. Hoyle, Brown and Doran
  • On May 1, 1954, Maurice A. Berry and Oscar H. Cederlund were admitted to partnership. The firm now consisted of five partners
  • Mr. Cederlund died April 23, 1956. Partnership dissolved April 30, 1956. New partnership dated May 1, 1956. Partners now: Messrs. Hoyle, Brown, Doran, Berry
  • Mr. Brown retired April 30, 1957. Partnership dissolved April 30, 1957. On May 1, 1957, a new contract was entered into by Messrs. Hoyl, Doran and Berry
  • On January 25, 1957, the new was changed to Hoyle, Doran and Berry
  • On April 30, 1961, Mr. Hoyle retired. Partnership dissolved April 30, 1961. On May 2, 1961, the following were admitted to partnership: Nisso T. Aladjem, Frank De Bruyn, Robert W. Hadley, Charles P. Harris. There were now six partners
  • Mr. Hadley died January 3, 1964. Interim agreement dated January 20, 1964
  • Mr. Harris retired January 3, 1966, and a new contract was entered into on January 31, 1966, with the four remaining partners: Messrs. Doran, Berry, Aladjem, De Bruyn
  • On August 1, 1965, Austin J. Cribben Jr. was made a partner and a new contract was entered into on February 1, 1966. Partners: Messrs. Doran, Berry, Aladjem, De Bruyn, Cribben
  • Hoyle Doran& Berry Inc, was incorporated September 5, 1968; Major Stockholders: Doran, Berry, Aladjem, De Bruyn
  • Mr. Hoyle died January 2, 1969
    Austin Cribben
  • Mr. De Bruyn died November 15, 1972, after retiring July 31, 1972
  • Remaining Partners: Doran, Berry, Aladjem, Cribben
  • Mr. Berry retired November 1, 1974
  • Mr. Doran died December 14, 1979. Remaining partners: Aladjem, Cribben
  • Mr. Brown died June 27, 1980
  • Mr. Berry died December 26, 1981. Stockholders as of 1987: Cribben and Aladjem
  • December 1990 Ethan Anthony Associates merged with Hoyle Doran & Berry Inc. Ethan Anthony joined David J Hulihan as a majority stockholder
  • December 1998 David J. Hulihan Retired, Ethan Anthony became sole Stockholder of Corporation
  • 2008 firm renamed HDB/Cram and Ferguson
  • March 31, 2010, Hoyle, Doran & Berry Inc dissolved, Assets acquired by Ethan Anthony
  • March 31, 2010, Ethan Anthony founds Cram and Ferguson Architects taking up the ongoing work of Hoyle, Doran & Berry Inc.
  • September 10, 2012, Cram and Ferguson Architects, LLC Incorporated in the State of Massachusetts
  • December 16, 2013, Cram and Ferguson Architects leads the 150th anniversary celebration of the birth of Ralph Adams Cram
  • Mr. Cribben and Mr. Aladjem retired 1987
  • David Hulihan became a partner 1987
  • Ethan Anthony became a partner 1990
  • Mr Aladjem died October 23, 2004
  • David Hulihan retires 2008
  • Mr Cribben died March 30, 2016
  • David Hulihan died May 12, 2018
  • January 1, 2019, is the 130th anniversary of continuous practice of Cram and Ferguson Architects, LLC.

Firm names[edit]

  • Ralph Adams Cram founded firm – 1889
  • Cram & Wentworth – 1890
  • Cram, Wentworth & Goodhue – 1895
  • Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson – 1899
  • Cram and Ferguson Architects – 1913
  • Hoyle, Doran and Berry – 1957
  • Hoyle, Doran and Berry, Inc. – 1968
  • Cram and Ferguson Architects LLC – 2012

Commenced employment[edit]

  • C. N. Godfrey – 1900
  • A. E. Hoyle – 1908
  • C. A. Brown – 1910
  • J. T. Doran – 1927
  • W. H. Owens – 1921
  • M. A. Berry – 1923
  • O. H. Cederlund – 1946
  • N.T. Aladjem – 1950
  • Frank E. De Bruyn – 1926
  • R. W. Hadley – 1945
  • C. P. Harris – 1955
  • A. J. Cribben – 1946
  • David J Hulihan – 1967
  • Ethan Anthony – 1990

The team[edit]

Kevin Hogan, the project manager, has 20 years of experience with the firm and has participated in numerous major church and chapel projects as the leader for all phases of production and construction administration

Matthew Alderman has been the lead designer on many projects both with Cram and Ferguson and in his prior employments, including St. Kateri Catholic Church in Ridgway, Illinois, St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Charlottesville, Virginia, which is now under construction and Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel in Boston, Massachusetts.


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