Paul Williams- Black Architect At your computer screen!

  office building on avenue of the americas

       Everyone needs a place to live obviously, but

not everyone is fortunate enough to live in a
royal palace. But if you can design a house,
any kind of house its a very extraordinary talent.
So I present a man who designs buildings to the t.
       Paul Williams was an African American architect who
practiced in the Los Angeles and Southern
California areas.  Williams studied at the Los
Angeles School of Art and Design , The Los
Angeles branch of the New York Beaux-Arts
Institute of Design Atelier. He then went to
the University of Southern California where
he designed residential buildings there.
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     Williams served on the first Los Angeles
Planning Commission in 1920 and became
a certified architect in 1921. Paul opened
his own office at age 28. Also, he was
known as an outstanding draughtsman.
            He got better and better with his skill of drawings that
were upside down. Architect Paul did it this way
so clients sitting across from the table could see them.
        Paul R. Williams was the 1st African American
member of the American Institute of Architects.
In 1939, he received the AIA Award of
Merit for his design of the MCA Building in
Beverly Hills.
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                Guess what else he received?
He Received the Springarn Medal from the NAACP.
1957- he was voted as an AIA Fellow.
He received honorary doctorates from Howard University, Lincoln
University, and Tuskegee Institute.
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          He did it up.
         Paul R. Williams designed 100s of private homes.
These homes were in Hollywood Hills and the Mid-Wilshire area
of Los Angeles. Dig this, his most famous homes
were made for Hollywood celebrities.
             A particular notable home of Williams design was
used for the exterior scenes of the Clampett
mansion on television’s “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
The customers for his homes included
Frank Sinatra, Lon Chaney, and more.
       So you can remember Paul R. Williams as
The man with a complex mind that produces
a complex design.. That’s the way I explain
him and his great technical work.
       Wrapping it up, I give credit to the following site for its
information:
     


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2 thoughts on “Paul Williams- Black Architect At your computer screen!

  1. Hey Charisma! Nice blogsite. I’m a black architect in Chicago and wanted to update you on the information of two entries you made.

    1. Wendall Campbell passed away on tuesday at eh age of 81. I have know him for a number of years and worked at his firm a few years ago. He is truly a giant in our profession and will be missed.

    2. In you entry about Paul Willims you wrote that he was able to draw upside down so that he could explain the drawings to his clients. He actually learned how to write and draw upside down because most of his clients would not let a black man sit next to them!

    Yous hould track down Marshall Purnell from DC. Last year, after 150 years, he became the first black president of the American Institute of Architects. He is president of his own firm in DC, Deveroux-Purnell and has also surved as president of NOMA, the organization that Wendell Campbell founded. Check us out at http://www.noma.net.

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