Los Angeles-born Paul Revere Williams was one of the country’s greatest architects. His career spanned almost 60 years, and his versatile buildings can be found across Los Angeles County. He was also a remarkable trailblazer. As a Black man in the field of architecture, he persevered in the face of racism to achieve remarkable success.
To better understand the breadth of Williams’ work and accomplishments, the Los Angeles Conservancy and Southern California Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects are pleased to take you on a county-wide expedition celebrating the life, work, and legacy of L.A.’s legendary architect Paul Revere Williams.
In a trailblazing career that spanned nearly six decades, Paul Williams designed more than ** 2,000 ** structures in L.A. County. His mastery of architectural styles ran the gamut, from Colonial to Tudor to Modern, and the types of buildings he designed were just as varied. From lavish homes for Hollywood movie stars to affordable homes, public housing, and a host of civic buildings, his imprint on L.A.’s built environment cannot be overstated.
He also paved the way for Black architects struggling to gain a foothold in a deeply discriminatory system. As the first Black architect admitted to the AIA, he broke racial barriers and triumphed over racism, channeling the frustrations of discrimination and setbacks into a ferocious dedication to push his skills further.
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