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Donald Mayes ~ Architect

"Donald Lee Mayes was born in Denison, Texas on August 17, 1914. He grew up in a family with roots deep in Texas pioneer soil...Donald's father, Joseph Mayes, and his father's grandfather were medical doctors...He graduated from the historic Denison High School on Main Street in 1931." He earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in 1936 in the field of architecture and and engineering.  His internship was done under H. Denman Schutt, a Dallas architect.  Donald returned to Denison in 1937 and began working for W.D. Collins Bank Fixture Company.  "In his years of practice between 1938 and 1966, Donald Mayes designed and supervised construction of some 75 residences, each individually crafted to fit particular owners' needs and wishes."

"The first known residence designed by Donald Mayes still stands at 1103 W. Wslker St. at North Tone Ave in Denison....Donald Mayes opened his office in 1948, locating it on the second floor at 505 West Main Street, where he remained."

Source : Bryant, Mavis.  Donald Mayes of Denison, Texas : An Architectural Legacy.  Denison, Texas : Denison Heritage, Inc., c2001

Some of the homes that were designed by Mr. Mayes are :

Bryant - Crise House
Ridgeway Circle #1

Martyn Home
711 S. Fairbanks Ave.

Chesnutt - Hubbard home
721 S. Fairbanks Ave.

Conn House
820  S. Fairbanks Ave.
Built ca 1955 for Blanche & Fred Conn and their children
Courtesy of Cathy Conn

Goodman ~ Clark House
1630 W. Day

Shirley House
1718 W. Day St.
Built in 1955; commissioned by Neil Shirley and Mary Marie Jennings Shirley
Photo by Gary Sewell

Hubbard ~ Thomson House
930 S. French Av

Moss ~ Bryan House
1517 W. Heron St.
Drawing by Donald Mayes, architect`

Karchmer House
1431 W. Gandy St.

McKinney ~ Voelzke House
Ridgeway Circle #4


Other Denison structures designed by Donald Mayes :

First Presbyterian Church @ Denison, built 1967

Wims Elementary School @ Denison, built 1966

Dorothy Griffin Knaur home @ 1317 W. Munston St.

Mayes Elementary School is named in his honor.



Elaine Nall Bay

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