Paul R. Williams Redesigned the Beverly Hills Hotel. But Because He Was Black, He Couldn't Stay There
Imagine it’s the 1940s and you’ve given years of your life to redesigning one of the most iconic hotels in the United States.
Imagine it’s then hailed by your peers as a modern-day marvel. Now, imagine you’re not even allowed to stay there because you’re Black.
Paul R. Williams was the architect behind some of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles and the homes of many of Hollywood’s biggest stars of the 20th century. The Los Angeles County Courthouse, Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, the Los Angeles International Airport are just a few of the designs that sprang from his imagination. But despite the...