Regarding Paul R. Williams: Janna Ireland

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

7:00 PM To 10:00 PM

Zoom online: 10:00 pm ET


Event Description

Chevelier Books invites you to join a presentation by Janna Ireland as she discusses her book Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View as she explores the work and legacy of Williams through a series of intimate black-and-white photographs.

Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View is a photographic exploration of the work of the first licensed Black architect west of the Mississippi River. Known as “Hollywood’s Architect”, Paul Revere Williams was a Los Angeles native who built a wildly successful career as an architect decades before the Civil Rights Movement.

He designed municipal buildings and private homes as well as banks, churches, hospitals, and university halls. He designed public housing projects and mansions for celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball. In 1923, Williams became the first Black member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2017, nearly forty years after his death, he became the first Black recipient of the AIA Gold Medal.

Ireland gives the reader a vision of Williams that is both universal and highly personal. More than a book of architectural photographs, Regarding Paul R. Williams is the result of one artist’s encounter with another, connecting across different generations within the same city.


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