Architecture and Design Film Series
HOLLYWOOD’S ARCHITECT: THE PAUL R. WILLIAMS STORY | January 20-24, 2021
Directed by Royal Rodgers Kennedy & Kathy McCampbell Vance
2020, USA, 56 Minutes
African American architect Paul R. Williams defied the odds to become one of the most notable architects in history. From the early 1920s until his retirement 50 years later, Williams was one of the most prolific architects in America. His list of celebrity clients included Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. He is noted for his mastery of various iconic architectural styles that include the Beverly Hills Hotel, the original MCA Headquarters Building and LAX Airport’s signature “The Theme Building.” Because of racial prejudice, Paul Williams was not always welcome in the restaurants and hotels he designed, or the neighborhoods where he built homes, even at the height of his career. This film explores how Paul Williams, the first African American Member, Fellow, and Gold Medal recipient of the American Institute of Architects, used his fortitude, talent and determination to overcome discrimination and create a portfolio of work that can be found nationwide.
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