The Guthrie May Company
Following World War II, Guthrie May recognized that many Americans did not own their homes and there was also a shortage of housing in Evansville, due to the returning veterans. May was determined to make the "American" dream possible for residents of Evansville so his company built more than 7,000 homes. May was a national pioneer in providing affordable housing and ultimately became the largest National Home Builder in America.
The owner of the Guthrie May Company, May was responsible for developing subdivisions and homes in Evansville; Columbus, OH; Kansas City, KS; Mt. Vernon, IN; Paducah, KY; and Atlanta, GA. In addition, May built and developed Evansville's first medical office condominiums at the Deaconess Hospital campus. His enclosed shopping center, Honey Creek Square in Terre Haute was, at the time of its completion, the largest Indiana shopping mall south of Indianapolis. May developed North Park Shopping Center; Evansville's first major shopping center in 1957. He continued to own and operate North Park until 1983. He also developed Woodland & Timberlake Condominium Subdivisions.
May served as president of Evansville Homebuilders Association. He was an active member of the boards of directors for both Citizens National Bank in Evansville and First National Bank in Henderson. He also was an active member of the University of Evansville Board of Trustees, and in 1983, he and his wife, Alice, donated their residence to the University of Evansville to be used as the home of the president. May earned a degree in business administration from Evansville College in 1931.