Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940 Paul R Williams

Marc Appleton, Bret Parsons & Stephen Gee, Guest Lecturers

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

5:00 PM PDT

Please join Marc Appleton and Bret Parsons as they present the fourth installment, in collaboration with writer Stephen Gee, on the series Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940: Paul R .Williams. Paul R. Williams’ trailblazing career as an architect defied the odds. The orphan son of an African-American fruit and vegetable merchant, Williams overcame widespread discrimination in early to mid-20th century America to become one of the most significant architects of his time. Working in a variety of styles, his mastery of harmonious proportions and signature undulating lines helped define a golden era in Southern California architecture. The more than 3,000 structures that carry his architectural imprimatur ranged from modest, affordable homes to extravagant mansions for Hollywood’s elite, as well as important civic and commercial projects.   The twelve-volume series, Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940, produced by Marc Appleton and Bret Parsons showcases the work of the Golden Era’s most important residential architects as originally featured in the earliest issues of The Architectural Digest. Featuring some of the earliest known photographs of the work of legendary architects, the series is devoted to the era when oil titans, film industry moguls, bankers, and successful entrepreneurs who were new to the region hired the most accomplished and talented architects they could find.  

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Please note registration will close 1 hour prior to the event.   This event will be presented via Zoom. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the program. If you have any questions about this class, please email

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