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Female, born 1922-02-13, died 2008-06-13

Associated with the firms network

Chiarelli and Kirk, Architects; Davis, Mary Lund, Architect; Moore and Massar, Architects; Thomas, Grainger and Thomas, Architects

Professional History


Student Intern, Moore and Massar, Architects, Bellevue, WA, c. 1942.

Student Intern, Chiarelli and Kirk, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1943.

Student Intern, Thomas, Grainger and Thomas, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1944.

Professional Activties

Registered Architect in the State of Washington, 1946.



Graduate, C.K. McClatchy High School, Sacramento, CA, 1940. At C.K. McClatchy High, Lund belonged to Bridlespurs Club, a horseback-riding student group, as well as Pythagorean Sigma, a math club, and Palette and Brush, the art club. She was also her senior class treasurer.

B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, (UW), Seattle, WA, 1945. Mary Lund Davis was the first woman to graduate from the University of Washington's Department of Architecture after WW II. She belonged to the Synadelphic House at UW.

College Awards

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Washington, Seattle, (UW), Seattle, WA.



Mary Lund Davis was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. In 1930, eight-year-old Mary lived with her parents and two younger brothers at 3300 Cutter Way in Sacramento. The Lund Residence had a value of approximately $9,000 according to the 1930 US Census. (See, Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Sacramento, Sacramento, California; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 0096; FHL microfilm: 2339922, accessed 09/04/2020.)

The Lunds lived at 2549 6th Avenue in Sacramento in 1940. They owned their own residence that had an approximate value of $12,000, according to the 1940 US Census. This was more than double the amount of houses immediately surrounding them.

She died in Rancho Mirage, CA, at the age of 86.


Her father, Niels Hansen Lund, (born c, 1895 in Denmark), had immigrated to the US in 1916 from Denmark. He worked as a builder in Sacramento in 1930 and 1940. Mary’s mother, Frieda J. Petersen Lund, (born c. 1895 in Denmark), came to the US from Denmark in 1920. They married c. 1921. Both of her parents remained aliens in 1930.

The 1940 US Census indicated that both Frieda and Niels completed two years of high school.

Mary had two brothers, Andrew P. Lund (born c. 1925 in CA) and Harold Lund (born c. 1926 in CA).


She wed George L. Davis, Jr., on 05/28/1950 in Sacramento, CA. (See, Source Information: California, Marriage Index, 1949-1959 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013, accessed 09/05/2020.) She had met Davis while they both were architecture students at the University of Washington.


She and George had two children, Gail Davis Stickney, who lived in Sun Valley, ID, in 1995, and Katharine Davis Granum,who resided in Southworth, WA, in the same year.

Biographical Notes

Mary Lund Davis enjoyed horseback riding and sailing. She pursued sailing later in life, winning a number of Puget Sound and Pacific Coast competitions. In the late-1950s until about 1970, she was one of the top women's sailboat captains on the West Coast.

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 8283