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Male, US, born 1917-02-02, died 2011-04-22

Associated with the firms network

Armet and Davis, AIA, Architects; Armet, Davis and Newlove, AIA, Architects; Kistner, Curtis and Wright, Architects; Knowles, William H., Architect; Spaulding and Rex, Architects

Professional History


Draftsman, William H. Knowles, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1942-1943.

According to the an historic resources document done for the City of Palm Springs, "Davis worked with Army engineers, Phelps-Dodge Mines in Arizona, and Navy Design Office on Terminal Island." (See Historic Resources Group, City of Palm Sprngs Citywide Historic Context Statement & Survey Findings, Screencheck Draft-October 13, 2015, n.p.)

Draftsman/Designer, Kistner, Curtis and Wright, San Diego, CA, 1943-1945.

Senior Draftsman, Spaulding and Rex, Los Angeles, CA, 1945-1947. While working in the Spaulding and Rex office, Davis became acquainted with Louis Logue Armét. Following the war, they opened their own architectural office in 1947.

Partner, Armét and Davis, Los Angeles, CA, 1947-1972.

Partner, Armét, Davis and Newlove, AIA, Incorporated, 1972-1991.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA),

Member, AIA, Bulletin Exams Committee, 1950-1959, (Chairman, 1958).

Member, AIA, Building Codes Exhibits Committee, 1959-1960.



B.Arch., University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, 1942.

College Awards

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Scholarship Award, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, 1942.



Born in Anacortes, WA, Davis moved to Southern CA before World War II.

In his retirement, Davis had houses in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and Gig Harbor, WA. He passed away from spinal meningitis in West Hills, Los Angeles, CA.


Eldon Davis wed Mary Dorys Mason (b. 01/23/1918) on 09/23/1939 in Los Angeles, CA; she was the daughter of Charles Mason and Elvera Ginzkey. Mary passed away in the 1970s.

He remarried in 1976 to Luana Davis.


Eldon Davis had four children: Karen Maxine Davis (b. 06/05/1941, in Los Angeles, CA); Daniel Mason Davis (b. 08/29/1943 in Los Angeles, CA; Mark Mason Davis (b. 03/03/1946 in Inglewood, CA); Wyatt Mason Davis (b. 09/25/1951, Inglewood, CA).

Biographical Notes

Davis was an avid marathon runner into his 90s.

Associated Locations

  • West Hills, Los Angeles, CA (Architect's Death)
    West Hills, Los Angeles, CA

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