The affluence of his clients meant his designs took root in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Flintridge, Hancock Park, Hollywood, Pacific Palisades and Pasadena. He built for Frank Sinatra, Lon Chaney, Tyrone Power, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, Barbara Stanwyck, Zasu Pitts, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, to drop just a few names. His celebrity African American clients included William 'Bojangles' Robinson and Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson. He built homes for L.A.'s old families, too: a Del Valle and the Bannings.
Pi Beta Phi Sorority House near USC - one of Paul Williams' last projects (about 1973)
Ironically, by 1948 Paul Williams was a seasoned architect. By that time he also served on the city's first Housing Commission from 1933 to 1941. Williams built clients' homes in Hancock Park. And it was not until 1951 when Williams himself managed to build his own house in the Lafayette Square upper middle class area of west central L.A., a time when Blacks moved in as Whites moved to other parts.
Could Pedro E. Guerrero be honored sometime during the architectural series? Guerrero, an Arizonan of Mexican descent, photographed for Frank Lloyd Wright throughout a 50 year span. His photographic work was on view at the Julius Shulman Institute exhibition the Spring of 2012 at the Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery. In September he passed away at the age of 95.