Paul Revere Williams’ Impact on Los Angeles

Los Angeles is iconic for many reasons, not the least of which is its history. It is easy to see that history and culture reflected in buildings, monuments and homes throughout the county. One man at the forefront of the city’s engineering is Paul Revere Williams, a trail-blazer who broke down racial barriers to build a successful career in architecture.

Williams would create notoriety in his designs, becoming the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects. His experience was expansive; he joined first Los Angeles City Planning Commission, later serving as an architect for the Navy during World War II. Williams’ influence can still be seen around Los Angeles today with the design of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance building, sections of LAX and various projects in the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel.

Beyond commercial buildings, Williams was revered for his home designs. Many stars would come to call his masterpieces home. These homes, like The Jewel of Hancock Park listed by Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills South,  demonstrate the tasteful yet trendy designs that made William’s a sought-after architect.

232 South Rimpau Boulevard, Los Angeles

Each room of the home is accented perfectly with architectural pieces like intricate woodwork, curved walls and ornate columns.

Paul William’s mix of Old Hollywood, modernism and luxury was unique, creating a successful career that spanned nearly six decades. His perseverance and acumen would earn him a place in history.