Local and Traditional Materials and Methods: A Global Perspective INTBAU USA Session
Ethan Anthony is the President and Principal of Cram and Ferguson Architects, representing a legacy of over 120 years of quality design, particularly in the field of sacred architecture. He is a member of the AIA and a peak member of the INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners. For the past twenty years, Mr. Anthony has drawn on the extensive archives of the firm to adapt the traditional forms and methods pioneered by its founders to modern realities. In addition to studying the firm’s archives for two years, Mr. Anthony spent eight years restoring and repairing century-old historic buildings designed by the firm. This research has also resulted in his 2007 book; “The Architecture of Ralph Adams Cram and His Office.”
During this ten-year period, Mr. Anthony learned to efficiently apply modern materials and methods to traditional building styles, as it is critical to understand how to achieve the Gothic ideals in modern materials in an efficient and cost effective way. He has continued the firm’s tradition of careful study of the original models. He visits Europe frequently to research churches dating from the first days of Christianity to the end of the Reformation. During the last five years, Mr. Anthony has visited hundreds of churches, monasteries and Cathedrals in England, France, Italy, Germany and Spain to photograph and document the design characteristics.
At Cram and Ferguson Architects, Mr. Anthony has focused on planning and design of new legacy architecture and additions to and restoration of historic buildings. Through this work Anthony has found new uses for the Cram firm’s extensive archives of drawings and photographs representing 121 years of leadership of religious and academic architecture.
In 2015 Anthony received an Honor Award from the AIA Central Massachusetts Chapter for the design of the Additions and Renovation of the St. Edward’s Chapel at the Casady School in Oklahoma City. Other recent honors and recognition; 2007 Premio al Arquitecto (Award to the Architect) from the MACAEL, in recognition of his use of stone native to the region on Syon Abbey and Private Mausoleum projects. The 2004 Golden Trowel Award from the Texas Masonry Institute for Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church in Houston and the 1993 IFRAA Honor Award for Unbuilt Architecture for his Cathedral in the Woods Memorial Garden for St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Anthony has gained a national reputation for his work in liturgical architecture. His liturgical work can now be found in fifteen states. Currently under his direction Cram and Ferguson Architects is undertaking new church commissions in Massachusetts, Virginia, Connecticut, and Florida.