The interior of one of Paul R. Williams' designs | Still from "Hollywood's Architect"

The World of Luxury Building in Early L.A.

One of Paul R. Williams’ first big breaks was the development of a new suburb by former Senator Frank Flint called Flintridge. This led to another high profile project for horsebreeder Jack P. Atkin. The home would be used in many movies and shows including “Topper” with Cary Grant and Constance Bennett and “The Bells of St. Mary's.” It was a luxurious home built during the time of Depression. Get a sense of Williams’ luxury home projects.

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Hollywood's Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story

Nicknamed "Architect to the Stars," African American architect Paul R. Williams had a life story that could have been dreamed up by a Hollywood screenwriter. From the early 1920s until his retirement 50 years later, Williams was one of the most successful architects in the country. His list of residential clients included Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. And his name is associated with architectural icons like the Beverly Hills Hotel, the original MCA Headquarters Building and LAX Airport.

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