The Society of Architectural Historians, New England Chapter, and The Society of St. John the Evangelist cordially invite you and your friends to a celebration of the work of Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942)

 Is Cram Relevant?

 a lecture by Ethan Anthony, AIA, President of HDB/Cram & Ferguson, Boston

The issues that Cram spoke so forcefully about during his life are still energizing the debate about style, innovation and substance in architecture.  The modernist then and now stubbornly insists that modernist work is relevant because it is innovative.  Cram believed his work was relevant because it was relevant to the user for reasons other than innovation in the architecture itself.  The user of the Cram building recognizes that the form is familiar and may even hope it is not innovative.  Using Cram’s work and writing, Mr. Anthony will discuss how Cram’s ideas are relevant to the design and use of space today.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

4 pm:  Evensong service in the Chapel,

St. John the Evangelist Monastery

980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

 4:30 pm:  Welcome by Curtis Almquist, Superior, SSJE, and

 Lecture by Ethan Anthony, author of The Architecture of Ralph Adams Cram and His Office (New York, W.W. Norton & Co., 2007).  The book will be available for signing.

Following the lecture, the Superior will escort guests to the Cloister, an area in the monastic enclosure not normally open to the public.