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Cartwright, Carol Lohry; Shaffer, Scott; Waller, Randal / City on the Rock River : chapters in Janesville's history

13. Architects and builders,   pp. 227-248

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Jeffris, David
An early settler in Janesville, David Jeffris is prominently identified with its growth. Born in
Kentucky in 1821, he spent most of his childhood in Illinois. Jeffris settled in Janesville in 1846,
and, over the next 50 years, constructed approximately 400 buildings, including churches, stores,
and residences. His known projects in the city include the old Grand Hotel (not extant), the
Merchants and Mechanics Bank (not extant), and the Jeffris Flats, along with two outstanding
personal residences. Along with his contracting business, Jeffris also operated one of
Janesville's largest lumber yards, dealt in local real estate, and was an organizer and director
of the Merchants and Mechanics Bank. (Portrait and Biographical Album 1889:745-746)
Home addresses:
212-214 S. Cherry St., Old Fourth Ward Historic District.
625 St. Lawrence Ave., Courthouse Hill Historic District.
Jeffris Flats, 314-320 Dodge St., West Milwaukee Street Historic
Matteson and Landstrom
A Chicago development company, Matteson and Landstrom constructed a group of bungalows on
the northeast side of Janesville in 1919 and 1920. With experience building housing in Flint,
Michigan, another automobile factory town, Matteson and Landstrom acquired part of the
Scofield Addition for their development soon after construction of Janesville's General Motors
Factory in 1919. They replatted the addition, making much smaller lots than was common, and
quickly erected 84 bungalows of several different designs. The result was an unusual
neighborhood that resembled housing tracts in larger cities. The houses are part of the Benton
Avenue Historic District. (National Register of Historic Places nomination form for Benton
Avenue Historic District, 1996)
David C. Jeffris House (1898), 625 St. Lawrence Ave.
Architects and Builders

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