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Paul R. Williams: Classic Hollywood Style Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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"Since receiving the book, I have barely put it down. Have you seen me? I’m the girl carrying the book like it’s my new favorite toy. Yeah that was me. Whether you are a designer, a design historian or a design lover I highly recommend, Paul R. Williams: Classic Hollywood Style. It is a rich celebration of an important architect who shaped Hollywood sense of style and the joy his homes continue to bring." ~Design Wonderland
About the Author
Karen E. Hudson is Paul Williams’ granddaughter, an owner of one of his homes, and the author of Paul R. Williams Architect. A third-generation Angeleno, she chronicles the African-American experience in Los Angeles in writings and photographs.
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The reader is treated to a quote from the architect's own writings or interviews at the beginning of the text accompanying each of the houses presented. These gems describe his philosophy of architecture and the design process, or give hint to the barriers to be overcome by a black man working in the architectural profession in the early twentieth century. A portrait of Williams emerges as one who chose to overcome race-related obstacles in the same positive, forthright manner in which he tackled design challenges - apparently with equal success. A fascinating example is his self-taught ability to sketch upside down, so that he and his clients could be on opposite sides of the desk during planning meetings, thus preserving their respective personal space.
There are two significant shortcomings with the production of this book however. The most glaring is the absence of floor plans - not a single one! To present an architect's work, especially one as gifted as Williams, without any spatial reference is unforgiveable. Secondly, the photography, while technically excellent, fails to really capture the depth, or layers, of the architecture. There are many living and dining rooms, foyers, dens, and kitchens. There are adequate exterior views, although I would have been more satisfied seeing several facades that were conspicuously absent. But few details are shared - what about the "oval breakfast room" or the "wonderful little octagonal powder room" mentioned? Or the hidden closets? Bedrooms? Unique design elements? It's these sorts of details that express the soul of a house and, disappointingly, we weren't given access. In the end, what could have been a five-star book, isn't.