|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1944|
|Death: ||Oct. 30, 1991|
Architectural historian, writer and musician. Son of Alfred S. Branam, Sr. and Ethel L. Branam. Acknowledged expert on Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer, and his assistant Julian Abele. Leading scholar on the architecture and gardens of America's great estate era. His research provided the inspiration, and illustrative matter, for landmark books such as James T. Maher's "The Twilight of Splendor", and the Mac Griswold - Eleanor Weller, "The Golden Age of American Gardens - 1890 to 1940". Branam's intense interest in the magnificent private estates built in the vicinity of his home town of Philadelphia led him to spend decades in the study of their history and architecture, stimulating the interest in many others ~ his assistance was acknowledged in major works on American country houses and estates; providing the entire inspiration for several books.
An honor graduate of the Kent School, in Connecticut, and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received a master's degree in historical architecture at the University of Newcastle-On-Tyne in England. For many years he commuted to New York to work as a newswriter for NBC. A quiet, studious, pleasant man with a keen mind; always fastidious in dress and appearance, and immaculately groomed. Though receiving credit for his research and assistance on many important works on American country estates, he was a private man who lived in obscurity; preferring a quiet existence among family, friends and his
extensive collections. He succumbed to a cerebral aneurysm at age 47, leaving his ongoing work unfinished.
Rolling Green Memorial Park
Created by: Robert Bruce
Record added: May 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26570781
Remembering Alfred Branam on this twenty-fourth Anniversary of his passing! A view of one of the great garden vases at Rosecliff estate at Newport, Rhode Island ~ where Alfred took quiet pleasure on his many walks there.|
Added: Oct. 30, 2015
Remembering my friend Alfred Branam, Jr., on this Anniversary of his Birth, with a view of the sunken formal garden at 'The Elms', Newport, Rhode Island ~ that he always enjoyed so very much.|
Added: Jul. 4, 2015
Just thinking of Alfred Branam,Jr. today ~ no special reason. Pictured ~ one of the great marble vases along the terrace at 'The Elms' estate in Newport.|
Added: Mar. 19, 2015
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