The Grant D. Caywood papers document the architectural and military career of prominent Sacramento resident Grant D. Caywood.
Material dates from 1940 to 1998 with the bulk from circa 1950-1980. In 1953, Caywood started Caywood & Associates, an architectural
business that would grow to five partners. The majority of the collection contains architectural project photographs, negatives,
concept art, slides, floor plans, and blueprints of buildings. A smaller amount of material documents Caywood's earlier life
as a bomber pilot in World War II with reports detailing his orders and flights.
Grant Dodd Caywood was born April 3, 1918, in Des Moines, Iowa, to an engineer and homemaker. He grew up in Omaha, Nebraska,
working in the construction industry with his father before receiving his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering
from Iowa State University in 1940. From 1941 to 1945, Caywood served in the United States Air Force as a lieutenant colonel,
receiving accolades including three Flying Crosses. Caywood flew raids on combat missions and appeared in the novel Shadow: A Cottontail Bomber Crew in World War II by Neil Hunter Raiford. Discharged honorably in 1945, Caywood moved to Sacramento where he worked as an architect before
being recalled to active duty in Germany in 1951 to serve as chief of design and planning, where he worked on buildings including
Hahn Air Base. Once released from duty in 1953, Caywood returned to Sacramento and opened his own architectural practice,
Caywood & Associates, which grew to five partners. Caywood, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), was involved
with many residential and public projects in the Sacramento area, including the Sacramento Municipal Airport. He retired from
architectural work in 1986 and died on August 24, 2008.
3.42 linear feet
(3 cartons, 1 manuscript box)
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