Ralph Warner Hammett
Born in Mankato, Minnesota, 1896
Died Rochester, Minnesota, 1984
Graduated from the University of Minnesota, and attended Harvard, Cambridge (England), and the American Academy in Rome.
Professor of Architecture at the University of Minnesota and for many years at the University of Michigan, with an architecture office in downtown Ann Arbor. He was an early teacher in Architectural Archaeology, which he passed down to his family and students.
Professor Hammett bought and restored a historical old home in Ann Arbor, which he lived in with his family for over 25 years. This home was part of the famous “Under Ground Railroad that moved escaped slaves north through Michigan and into Canada. This home is still standing in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Professor Hammett was in the Navy Reserve in World War I and was recruited into the Army for World War II. Captain Hammett has one of the Army “Monument Men”, who used his history, drawing, and architectural skills for the Rescuing, Recovery, and Preservation of art and historical treasures of Western Europe from the Germans and their allies.