Thesis

Harry J. Devine, Sr. and the modernization of Sacramento architecture

Thesis (M.A., History (Public History))--California State University, Sacramento, 2017.

Harry Devine was a prominent architect in the Sacramento region during the 1920s-1960s and was responsible for the design of several dominant structures in the architectural landscape of the Capitol City. He had a vision for a Sacramento of the future and was one of the driving forces behind the modernization of Sacramento architecture. This study explores Devine’s architectural contributions to Sacramento and the surrounding cities where he constructed buildings, and their importance and lasting effect on the area. There will also be a discussion of the overall architectural history of Sacramento, and how the city has continued to evolve and modernize with each passing decade, while also attempting to preserve the buildings of the past. Many of Devine’s buildings have been pivotal in the architectural makeup of Sacramento and his own archival record, as well as numerous written media accounts, provide a portrait of the man remembered as of Sacramento’s most notable architects who helped create the Sacramento of today.

Harry Devine was a prominent architect in the Sacramento region during the 1920s-1960s and was responsible for the design of several dominant structures in the architectural landscape of the Capitol City. He had a vision for a Sacramento of the future and was one of the driving forces behind the modernization of Sacramento architecture. This study explores Devine’s architectural contributions to Sacramento and the surrounding cities where he constructed buildings, and their importance and lasting effect on the area. There will also be a discussion of the overall architectural history of Sacramento, and how the city has continued to evolve and modernize with each passing decade, while also attempting to preserve the buildings of the past. Many of Devine’s buildings have been pivotal in the architectural makeup of Sacramento and his own archival record, as well as numerous written media accounts, provide a portrait of the man remembered as of Sacramento’s most notable architects who helped create the Sacramento of today.

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