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Ross Crane

Ross Crane, American architect. Mason.

Background

  • Crane, Ross was born on August 6, 1868 in Owatonna, Minnesota, United States. Son of Edgar and Sarah Jane (Parshall) Rosecrans.

  • Education

    • Student Oberlin (Ohio) Academy and College, until 1891, Boston Museum Art School, Cowles Art School (Boston), Art Institute Chicago, Sorbonne, Paris.

    Career

    • Became lecturer on Chautauqua platform, 1904. Head of extension department Art Institute Chicago, 1916. Originator of “Better Homes” institutes as means of popularizing art.

      Founder of Better Homes Movement in America, 1918. Conductor department interior decoration, Modern Priscilla magazine, 1923-1925. Educational director American Homes Bureau.

      Contributing editor Better Homes and Gardens. Lecturer on art, architecture and decoration. Interior decorator. Contributor to mags.

      Charter member International Lyceum and Chautauqua Association (president 1913-1914). Member American Academy Political and Social Science.

    Works

    • Contributor to mags. Charter member International Lyceum and Chautauqua Association (president 1913-1914). Member American Academy Political and Social Science.

    Membership

    Mason.; Clubs: Cliff Dwellers, Arts (Chicago).

    Connections

    • Married Grace Ellen Gannon, of Boston, 1892.
    • father: Edgar Rosecrans
    • mother: Sarah Jane (Parshall) Rosecrans
    • spouse: Grace Ellen Gannon
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