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History of Firm

Renovating the 100-year-old SN Thomas’ Sons Building for our offices, we joined original wood floors and weathered brick walls with sleek, new construction and modern furnishings. This unique contrast of past and present preserves the building’s history while enhancing the creative process in our working environment.

Likewise, CANIZARO CAWTHON DAVIS today is a unique combination of colorful history and welcomed new ideas. Since 1938 when the firm began, CCD has evolved with current technology and style but remained faithful to the core of our practice - excellence in design and service. James T. “Jack” Canizaro built his reputation on concern for clients. Ranging from such types as antebellum style homes, university facilities, churches, and war production plants, his projects were noted for their beautiful proportions, economy, and durability. Trustmark National Bank Building, Jackson City Court Building, and St. Dominic Hospital rank among his local successes. Bob Canizaro, his son, and David Trigiani joined Jack in 1972 and developed the sole practice into a partnership with expanded markets and services. During this period the firm size grew one hundred percent. In 1980 James T. Canizaro Architects became Canizaro Trigiani Architects, a Professional Association. Designing larger and more complex buildings such as the Energy Services Center at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, UMC Acute Services Wing, MCCA Office Building, MSU School of Forest Resources, and the USM Polymer Science Research Facility, the Canizaro Trigiani team expanded the reputaion for excellence that Jack had established. Their successes were recognized by the Mississippi Chapter AIA with design awards for the Draper Residence, Jackson Fire Station 25, and St. Dominic’s Parking Garage. An interior design department was added to complement the existing list of services. The firm again doubled in size to meet the demand of expanded markets.

In the early 1990s, Danny Cawthon and Steve Davis joined Bob and David as partners. The expanded team initiated organizational changes that included computerization, structured delivery systems, and quality control. Following ten years of careful transition planning, the firm evolved into CANIZARO CAWTHON DAVIS shortly after David Trigiani’s retirement in 1999. With a new name and renewed energy, the firm moved into new offices in the restored S.N. Thomas’ Sons Building in the center of Jackson’s CBD. The firm is currently led by Danny Cawthon and Steve Davis. With over seventy years to build on, Danny and Steve are challenged to make a future that exceeds all of Jack’s expectations.