Ilus W. Davis, a lawyer, served as Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, for two four-year terms between 1963 and 1971.
Davis Civic Plaza is a two-block green space where a variety of old buildings were demolished to provide a park for workers in nearby buildings. Its boundaries are 9th Street on the north, 11th Street on the south and Locust west to McGee Street.
City Hall has anchored the north side of the Civic Center since it was completed in 1938.
Planners of the Davis Civic Plaza incorporated City Hall into the design as the mall's south anchor, also.
The concept for the Davis Civic Plaza is that it be surrounded by new federal offices,
while the long-established Civic Center was designed for local governmental offices.