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Authors on Architecture: Gee, Appleton, & Parsons on Williams
SAH/SCC Zoom Presentation
Saturday, January 30, 2021

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If you enjoyed Stephen Gee’s recent SAH/SCC program on John Parkinson, you won’t want to miss this new event at which Gee will discuss the work of celebrated African-American architect Paul Revere Williams, FAIA.

Gee will be joined by fellow authors Marc Appleton, AIA, and Bret Parsons to discuss their latest volume of Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940: Paul R. Williams (Tailwater Press/Angel City Press, 2021).

In this book, the authors focus on the improbable career of the first African-American member of the AIA and the organization’s first African-American Fellow and Gold Medalist. In his six-decade career, Williams worked on more than 3,000 projects ranging from modest affordable housing to mansions for Hollywood celebrities. He also earned plaudits for his commercial and civic work, including the luxurious department store Saks Fifth Avenue (with John and Donald B. Parkinson, 1937) and the Music Corporation of America building (1940), both in Beverly Hills.

The Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940 series showcases the work of 12 architects featured in early issues of Architectural Digest. “These nearly forgotten architects needed to be memorialized, since their work is quickly disappearing,” says series co-author and architect Appleton of Appleton Partners. Williams is the fourth architect in the series, which includes Gordon B. Kaufmann, FAIA, Roland E. Coate, FAIA, and Wallace Neff, FAIA

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