Architect Paul Williams

Paul Revere Williams, FAIA (February 18, 1894 – January 23, 1980) was an American architect based in Los Angeles, California. He practiced largely in Southern California and designed the homes of numerous celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney, Barbara Stanwyck and Charles Correll. He also designed many public and private buildings.
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Ball-Arnaz Residence - Thunderbird Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA - Paul Revere Williams, Architect. Photo by Julius Shulman

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Paul R. Williams was one of the most well known 20th Century African American architects. Early in his career, Williams designed mostly houses, but in the 1950s and 1960s he designed some of the most distinctive public buildings in Los Angeles. Williams’s best-known building is probably the Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport, which he designed with William Pereira.

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The Small Home of Tomorrow (California Architecture and Architects) by Paul R. Williams

New Homes for Today (California Architecture and Architects) by Paul R. Williams

Architect Paul R. Williams, whose career spanned six decades, made a dramatic mark on the residential and public architecture of Southern California. He designed Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Palm Springs house in 1954, at the height of their television show’s popularity. Julius Shulman

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1954 Ball-Arnaz Residence | Architect: Paul R. Williams | Palm Springs, CA | (Top) Photo by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine assignment “Lucy Goes Shopping."

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