Paul R. Williams’s Residence Restoration

Los Angeles

An intensive restoration process of Paul R. Williams’s own home began in 2018.  Built in 1952 for the architect and his family, the house was designated a Los Angeles City Historic-Cultural monument  in 1976 for its significance as a modernist work and in recognition of Paul R. Williams prominence as an architect (the first African-American to be a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and to be inducted into its College of Fellows (FAIA)).  Several of his residential and institutional projects have also been recognized as historic monuments locally and in the National Register of Historic Places.

The scope of work included major structural stabilization of the foundation, brick, and steel elements, restoration of window systems, mechanical and electrical updates, and site drainage remediation.  Non-original balcony enclosures were removed and a new master bathroom occupies the place of a later private hair salon addition.  Research and paint analysis revealed a rich color palette which will be reinterpreted in the restored building.

Image Credits: Stephen Courtney, fine art photographer, City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department, Courtesy of the Paul Revere Williams Project; California State Library, Mott Merge Collection, 1956, Courtesy of the Paul Revere Williams Project