Paul R. Williams, FAIA, 1894-1980 | The Paul R. Williams Residence, Historic Lafayette Square, Los Angeles

Paul R. Williams, FAIA | Architect to the Stars

Paul Revere Williams, FAIA is arguably one of this country’s most notable black architects. Born and raised in Los Angeles, and an orphan by the age of 4, Williams went on to become the first black student to graduate from USC – which he did in 1919 with a degree in architectural engineering. Fresh out… Keep reading

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‘Mod Mirage’ :: Exploring the Architectural Legacy of Rancho Mirage

Long heralded as the quintessential destination for midcentury-modern architecture, the city of Palm Springs boasts homes built by star architects such as Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Albert Frey, and William F. Cody. But a few miles east lies the city of Rancho Mirage, another architectural destination ready to step out of the shadow cast by… Keep reading

‘Mad Men’ producer selling fantastic midcentury modern in Pasadena

By Elijah Chiland This extraordinary post and beam residence in Pasadena was built in 1957 and remains in great enough shape that the city honored it with a preservation award in 2012. Designed by the architectural firm of Conrad Buff, Calvin Straub, and Donald Hensman, the house rises two stories and features walls of glass throughout the double-height… Keep reading

Case Study House No. 18 asking $10M in Pacific Palisades

By Elijah Chiland One of Los Angeles’s few remaining Case Study houses is looking for a new owner. Designed by Rodney Walker, Case Study House No. 18 (aka West House), was built in 1948 as part of the Case Study program, sponsored by Arts & Architecture. The influential series transformed modern architecture and helped make Los Angeles into an… Keep reading

A Luminous Palm Springs Midcentury Asks $3.35M

By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo One of the most architecturally significant residences currently on the market, the Koerner House encapsulates desert modernism. Built in 1955, the Koerner House was designed by renowned architect E. Stewart Williams, whose distinct midcentury modern style significantly shaped the Coachella Valley’s architectural landscape. His commissions included the Frank Sinatra House, the Edris House, the Santa… Keep reading

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