Well, we missed quite an opportunity last night on Top Design. The homeowner, Mr. Bell, mentioned in passing that their house was designed by Paul Williams.
Paul Revere Williams (1894-1980) was one of the foremost architects of southern California, producing an almost incredible number of buildings over a career which spanned almost sixty years. During that exceedingly productive career Williams designed over 2000 private residences and many major buildings both in southern California and elsewhere.
Among the Los Angeles buildings and projects designed (completely or in part) by Williams are the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles International Airport, Hollywood YMCA, Sunset Plaza Apartments, and the Los Angeles County Court House. Among the buildings outside the city designed by Williams are: the United Nations Building in Paris, the MCA Building in Beverly Hills, and Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. (courtesy ofUSC).
“A Los Angeles prep school sold the Morris Landau House [desiged by Paul Williams]for $1, and its new owners will move it to nearby Pasadena in six months.” (Ann-Marie Villicana) Courtesy of Preservation Online.
Saks Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills, 1939 “Since they wanted this store to express the warmth of a fine home, they decided to use a residential architect,” Williams wrote in his journal. Photo Courtesy of Karen Hudson
Paley Residence, bel air, 1934 Williams homes still attract the rich and famous. Barron Hilton owns this one.