Hollywood’s biggest stars lived in houses he designed...Yet he himself could not live anywhere near them. Paul Revere Williams was the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and despite the adversity he faced in his professional life, he left a remarkable legacy of beautiful buildings across Los Angeles. We were honored to meet his relatives and tour homes he designed, which universally inspire awe. Paul Revere Williams serves as an inspiration to all who are told “no”, but dream big despite the odds.
Although best known for designing the homes of celebrities like Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra, the pioneering African-American architect Paul Revere Williams also contributed to some of the city’s most recognizable civic structures — all while confronting racial barriers.
Architectural Digest brings you to Holmby Hills in Los Angeles to tour an epic 60-room estate currently on the market for $85 million. The Azria estate is trailblazing California architect Paul R. William’s largest creation, encompassing 3 acres across its 17 bedrooms and 25 bathrooms. With a signature Williams staircase in the foyer made all the more stunning by a two-story Swarovski chandelier, arriving guests are immediately hit with a sense of scale and grandeur difficult to top.
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