Paul Williams Colonial Masterpiece
LOS ANGELES, California
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5 bed/5.0 bath
This masterwork of traditional architecture was completely renovated by architect, Paul Williams, in 1935. The house is a testament to the Colonial-style and is located in the most exclusive area of Beverly Hills at Lexington Road north of Sunset. The architectural detailing is truly superb, featuring an exquisite living room with fireplace, large formal dining room, wood-paneled den, four bedrooms, service bedroom and bath, guest house and bath, pool with changing rooms, and loft above the garage. The expansive grounds of approximately ¾ acre consist of a park-like setting, with room for a north/south tennis court, amidst mature landscaping and gardens. PRICE REDUCED $1,575,000
One of the best streets in Beverly Hills, Paul Williams-renovated, tennis court, pool, changing rooms.
WHAT MAKES THIS A BUNGALUX
Located in an exclusive area of Beverly Hills
- • A History Lesson: This house was renovated in 1935 by Paul Williams, one of Southern California's most notable architects. Williams designed the homes of numerous stars including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney, and Charles Correll.
- • Williams, an African American, was an outstanding draftsman and perfected the skill of rendering drawings "upside down." This skill was developed so that his clients (who may have been uncomfortable sitting next to a black architect) could see the drawings rendered right side up across the table from him.
- • Some of Williams' most notable buildings include: The redesign of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, the Jet-Age Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles County Courthouse, Shrine Auditorium, and La Concha Motel (Nevada). He also collaborated with A. Quincy Jones on projects in Palm Springs, including the Palm Springs Tennis Club, the Town & Country and Romanoff's on the Rocks.
- • Williams designed over 2,000 private homes, most of which were in Los Angeles. Williams famously remarked upon the bitter irony of the fact that most of the homes he designed, and whose construction he oversaw, were on parcels whose deeds included segregation covenants barring blacks from purchasing them.
- • Highlights of this specific Paul Williams-renovated house include: Tennis court (we want one), great street in Beverly Hills, large lot, and pretty in a Gone with the Wind sorta way (you can channel your inner Scarlett). That said, it could use a bit of updating, so even if you're not quite as talented as Mr. Williams, go to town!
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