Early Life and Education
Raymond Hood, 1881–1934
A Design for a Parish Church in the Gothic Style, elevation, 1903
Ink and watercolor on paper
64½" × 23½"
Hood’s opportunities to study architecture were limited at Brown, so he transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1899.
Since its founding in the 1860s, the Department of Architecture at MIT—the oldest of its kind in the United States—came increasingly under the influence of the Parisian École des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts). The method of education placed a strong emphasis on producing meticulously rendered architectural drawings.
Hood’s thesis drawing exemplifies the quality of draftsmanship expected of the students.