Anthony Franklin Harrer, 77, an architect and designer of major buildings and monuments here, died Jan. 25 at his home in Washington.

He came here during World War II as an authority on high-rise construction for the Navy Deppartment. He had helped design the Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda.

Mr. Harrer had been with the architectural firm of Ronald S. Senseman here since 1946 as a designer and project manager.

He had worked on the Malaysian Chancery, the American Type Culture Collection research building, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Washington Adventist Hospital, the Walter Reed Monument and the annex to the graduate school at Walter Reed Hospital.

He also had worked with sculptor Felix W. deWeldon on the design of the Seabee Monument at Arlington Cemetery and the Civil War Memorial in Fredericksburg.

Mr. Harrer's last major project had been the redesign of the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

Born in New York, he attended Columbia University an Cooper Union Institute and took graduate work at the Beaux Arts Institute of Design, Atelier John Wynkoop.

He worked for several architectural firms in New York and with the New York State Division of Architecture. He codesigned the New York Life Insurance Co. building and designed the New York State amphitheater for the 1939 World's Fair.

A member of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Harrer had received commendations from New York City, the Navy Department and the state of Virginia.

He is survived by a son, Anthony Jonathan, of Washington; a brother, Fred, of Brooklyn, and two sisters, Bertha-Sander, of Maine, and Peggy Farrell, of New York.