Paul Williams was a well-known architect during the 40s and 50s who was known to the stars. He designed homes for Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, and Barbara Stanwyck. He also designed important locations around LA like the Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport, Saks Fifth Avenue on Wilshire Boulevard, and also the Beverly Hills Hotel!
He was the first certified African-American architect west of the Mississippi and the first African-American member of the American Institute of Architects. One of his most known features was how he drew his homes. He learned how to draw upside down to allow his clients to see the picture right side up as he drew them out. Here are 9 of his homes for sale worth a pretty penny.
205 E 6th St, Ontario, CA
Built in 1948, this home is a prime example of his Modernist-style residences. In 2006, it was designated a landmark.
243 Avenida La Cuesta, San Clemente, CA
The Goldschmidt house (Casa Tres Vistas) was designed in 1928 for a wealthy vintner who owned the 11,000 acres of land that became San Clemente.
27784 Hamiltair Dr, Lake Arrowhead, CA
This French country-inspired lakefront cottage was complete in 1940s, back when the mountain community of Lake Arrowhead was a playground for celebs and Williams designed vacation home accomodations.
100 Delfern Dr, Los Angeles, CA
This traditional-style manor was built for Eva Gabor in 1938. Three more structures have been added to the 7,000-square-foot main house located between Beverly Hills and Bel Air.
13 Eastfield Dr, Rolling Hills, CA
This home is a rare one-story home by Williams that sits on a 3.34-acre lot on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
173 N Anita Ave, Los Angeles, CA
This Spanish Colonial-style home was built in 1930, and is described as an “exiting opportunity” that needs a little TLC.
1951 Hillcrest Rd, Los Angeles, CA
In 1929, this Spanish Revival home has been newly renovated with characteristics both old and new!
651 Siena Way, Los Angeles, CA
This Bel Air estate was built in 1936 and just missed the wrecking ball in 2007. A famous producer, talent agent, and home designer purchased it from the estate of Jane Wyatt, but the LA landmarks review board reject Gallin’s plans to replace the home with a modern glass house. So, he restored it and sold it in 2011.
7 Oakmont Dr, Los Angeles, CA
Built in 1940, the one-story home is a bit of a mystery. The pictures are outdated per the listing, but it’s described as a “rare opportunity and incredible value” with “endless options”.
Check out the pictures of the homes from the original article on Realtor.com.