Where did the name Whitney Evans Ltd. come from? Well, in 1989 my mother, Katherine Godfrey, founded what is now Whitney Evans Ltd. The first name of the business was Exteriors Etc. After expanding both the showroom space and the products offered, she decided to rename the business. Whitney is her maiden name, and Evans is her mother’s maiden name. Whitney Evans Ltd. is now in it’s 28th year in the Design District.