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L.A. from Every Angle
Posted April 01, 2010 to photo album "L.A. from Every Angle"
As Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg shows, there are many different L.A.s inside the city limits. Joel Bleifuss takes us on the tour of how artists imagine Los Angeles.
Slide 15: L.A. for the Doers
Paul Revere Williams (1894-1980) Williams was one of the architects who created the Theme Building (1961) at LAX.
One of L.A.’s best known architects, Williams became a certified architect in 1921 and as such was the first certified African American architect west of the Mississippi. He once said, “If I allow the fact that I am a Negro to checkmate my will to do, now, I will inevitably form the habit of being defeated.” Williams designed houses for Frank Sinatra, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Lon Chaney, Sr., Lucille Ball, Tyrone Power (two houses), Barbara Stanwyck, Bert Lahr, Charles Cottrell, Will Hays, Zasu Pitts and Danny Thomas.