Danze & Davis Architects, Inc. Drawings
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Leopold Danze, a New York City native, graduated with a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Texas in 1955. H. Ross Davis, an Amarillo, Texas native, graduated from the University of Texas with the same degree three years later. The two met as interns in the office of Austin architect Frank DeGroot. They started Danze & Davis Architects, Inc. in 1960 in Austin, Texas. Early on the firm specialized in residential projects and developed relationships with local home builders. Residential developments they worked on in the early 1960s include Windsor Park, Highland Park and Allendale. Work for their respective churches led to an increasing involvement in ecclesiastical projects. Their relationships with high-volume home builders allowed them to expand into speculative houses.
SOURCE: McCullar, Michael. "Architects Design a Successful Partnership." Austin American-Statesman, November 4, 1985: E1, E6.
The collection contains eight sets of drawings (389 sheets) of Austin, Texas school, church, commercial, public and multi-family residential projects dating from 1968 to 1981. Included are drawings for the Grant Building on 6th Street and Southcreek Elementary School. The drawings were donated by a local builder and may have been copies sent out for bids.
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Drawings donated by a local building contractor during a call by the American Institute of Architects, Austin Chapter for architectural drawings by local architects to create an archival collection at the Austin History Center.
Danze & Davis Architects, Inc. Drawings (AR.2013.016). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1985/082
Donation Date: 1985
Drawings processed by Ida Scott in 1988. Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2013.
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