John W. Davis, a Sacramento architectural designer, worked for many years in partnership with local developer Jere Strizek
to design and construct Sacramento's Town and Country Village shopping center and affordable homes in the Town and Country
community, both located in the Arden area of northern Sacramento County. The bulk of his papers consist of correspondence,
plans, photographs, and clippings documenting both his architectural design and art work between 1934 and 1970.
John W. Davis was born to John O. and Mary C. Davis on August 22, 1910, in Illinois. He received his B.S. degree in architecture
from the University of Illinois in 1934. While in graduate school, Davis and fellow student George C. Metz proposed to local
government a housing solution to the low living standards in Chpamaign-Urbana that had germinated from the Great Depression.
He then served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Second World War. Following the war, Davis was
engaged as a private designer and construction coordinator with partner Jere Strizek, a noted Sacramento developer. The two
designed Town and Country Village shopping center and homes in the Town and Country community, both located in the Arden area
1 linear ft.
(2 archival boxes)
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