John Walter Cross, FAIA, received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1900 and studied at the School of Mines at Columbia University until 1902; he later studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts. Following his return from France in 1907, he formed an architectural firm in New York City, Cross & Cross, with his brother, Eliot; it was renamed Cross & Son in 1946. John Cross remained with the firm until shortly before his death. He designed numerous buildings in New York and Connecticut during his career, and served as the chief architect for the Department of Labor’s U.S. Housing Corporation, which developed housing for war workers during World War I. Cross was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and was affiliated with the Art Commission of New York City, the Architectural League, and the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design.