“In a career spanning more than 50 years, from the 1920s until his death in 1980, architect Paul Revere Williams designed more than 3,000 buildings across Southern California, including the Saks Fifth Avenue, MCA, and Golden State Mutual Life buildings in Los Angeles and the Palm Springs Tennis Club, Romanoff’s on the Rocks restaurant, and Town & Country Center in Palm Springs.
Williams was a favorite of celebrities, the wealthy, and the influential. He designed their homes in exclusive L.A. enclaves such as Beverly Hills, Lafayette Square, Pasadena, and La Cañada Flintridge. His clients included Jay Paley, Barbara Stanwyck, Frank Sinatra, Bert Lahr, Danny Thomas, Tyrone Power, and Lon Chaney. In the desert, he famously designed Desi and Lucy Arnaz’s home in Rancho Mirage. He amassed many honors, from being named Omega Psi Phi’s Man of the Year in 1953 to receiving honorary doctorates from Lincoln Missouri University, Howard University, and the Tuskegee Institute. He was inducted into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows in 1957. In 2017, the same organization awarded him its gold medal 37 years after his death….”