Paul R. Williams, Architect: A Legacy of Style, Rizzoli, 2000, Very Good

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Paul R. Williams, Architect: A Legacy of Style
Karen E. Hudson and David Gebhard (Introduction)
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Notes: Very Good, 4to, 12" x 9." Glossy, multicolored, pictorial paper wrappers with gilt lettering on front. Solid yellow on spine and back cover. Dark brown lettering to spine. Printed color photograph of the Jay Paley Residence, Bel Air on front cover; the photo shows a view of the house and its famous celestial-themed pool. Covers have some wear to edges, a small bump and slight delamination along the bottom edge, slightly bumped tips, light rubbing to front and back, else clean and intact, binding tight. Pages pristine and intact except for minuscule bumping to tips and slight wear along bottom edge. Replete with printed photographs and illustrations with most in black-and-white, a few in color. 240 pp., including illustrations and Selected Bibliography. A beautiful look-book and survey of architecture designed by Paul R. Williams. Most of the photos and illustrations showcase the completed projects designed by Williams. Text is concise and mostly comprises quotes and captions. Paul R. Williams (1894-1980) was an African-American architect who is best-known for the private homes he designed for celebrities in Los Angeles. He designed over 3,000 projects during his career. In addition to residential architecture, Williams designed commercial buildings, hotels, retail stores, and buildings for schools and universities. Williams broke barriers by being one of the few African-American architects in the United States at the time as well as being the first African-American member and Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA).