WILLIAMS, Paul R. (1894-1980). Lot of 3 architecture books, comprising:
The Small Home of Tomorrow. 1945. Original illustrated wrappers. -- The Small Home of Tomorrow. 1945. Original green cloth. -- New Homes for Today. 1946. Original buckram; original illustrated dust jacket. -- Together 3 works in 3 volumes, 4to, all published Hollywood, California: Murray & Gee, Inc., with profuse illustrations and architectural diagrams, condition generally fine.
Paul R. Williams was a renowned architect who studied at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design, the Los Angeles branch of the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design Atelier, and after a stint as a landscape architect under Wilbur Cook, Jr., he earned his degree in architectural engineering at the University of Southern California. When he became a certified architect in 1921, he was the first African American architect west of the Mississippi and in 1923 was the first African American member of the American Institue of Architects (1923), and later Fellow. He was highly decorated in his career and achieved widespread recognition allowing him to design over 3,000 structures, including designs for the Los Angeles County Courthouse, First AME Church, and was part of the LAX planning and design team. Notably, he also designed homes for celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Barbara Stanwyck, and others.
Light tanning to spines of both copies of The Small Home....; light soiling.
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