Master Architects of Southern California 1920–1940: Paul R. Williams

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Marc Appleton, Stephen Gee & Bret Parsons, Guest Lecturer

Free for ICAA Members
$20 General Public

Registration will close 1 hour prior to the event.

Paul R. Williams’ trailblazing career as an architect defied the odds. The orphan son of an African-American fruit and vegetable merchant, Williams overcame widespread discrimination in early to mid-20th century America to become one of the most significant architects of his time. Working in a variety of styles, his mastery of harmonious proportions and signature undulating lines helped define a golden era in Southern California architecture. The more than 3,000 structures that carry his architectural imprimatur ranged from modest, affordable homes to extravagant mansions for Hollywood’s elite, as well as important civic and commercial projects.

Please join Marc Appleton and Bret Parsons as they present the fourth installment, in collaboration with writer Stephen Gee, on the series Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940. This twelve-volume series produced by Marc Appleton and Bret Parsons showcases the work of the Golden Era’s most important residential architects as originally featured in the earliest issues of The Architectural Digest. Featuring some of the earliest known photographs of the work of legendary architects, the series is devoted to the era when oil titans, film industry moguls, bankers, and successful entrepreneurs who were new to the region hired the most accomplished and talented architects they could find.

Marc Appleton is the founding principal of Appleton Partners LLP – Architects, with offices in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California. A graduate of Harvard College who also received a Master of Architecture degree from The Yale School of Architecture, Marc was consistently named to the list of Architectural Digest’s top one hundred designers. Among the many books he has written, published or contributed to are Rexford Newcomb’s Mediterranean Domestic Architecture in the United States (1999), George Washington Smith: An Architect’s Scrapbook (2001), Casa del Herrero (2009), California Mediterranean (2007), and Ranches: Home on the Range in California (2016).

Bret Parsons founded Bret Parsons Real Estate in 2008. He has written four five books, including Colcord Home (2008), the biography of the beloved Southern California architect Gerard Colcord. He is associate manager of Compass Realty’s Beverly Hills office and executive director of its architectural division.

Stephen Gee is a writer and television producer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles (Angel City Press), and co-author, with Arnold Schwartzman, of Los Angeles Central Library: A History of its Art and Architecture (Angel City Press), which won the 2016 Glenn Goldman Award for Art, Architecture, and Photography, presented by the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association. Most recently Stephen authored Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon (Angel City Press). He also wrote, directed and produced the award-winning PBS documentary Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles. A graduate of City, University of London, he began his career as a newspaper reporter in Norfolk, England. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1995.

This program will be presented on Zoom. The link will be sent prior to the lecture.

Our digital programs are made possible by the generous support from:

Leadership Circle:
Tim Barber Architects
Richard Holz, Inc. Builders
Wade Weissmann Architecture
Appleton Partners
Jeff Hyland
Landry Design Group

American College of the Building Arts
Shawn Nelson Builders
DD Ford Construction
Foster Reeve Architectural & Ornamental Plaster
E. Braun & Company
New York Design Center
Robert’s Inc.
Dugally Oberfeld
Reside Custom Homes
MG Partners
Prime ECS Lifestyle Technology
Paul Brant Williger, Architect
Reside Custom Homes
Susan Masterman Architects

Gordon Gibson Construction
Rose Tarlow Melrose House
Benner Landscape Design
J.R.C. Group
Sun Electric
PHX Architecture
Kneedler Fauchere
Lutron & Western Energy & Lighting Controls

July 21 @ 5:00 pm
5:00 pm — 6:00 pm (1h)