Creative Feature: Paul Revere Williams, Photographed by Janna Ireland

The architectural designs of Paul Revere Williams, captured by photographer Janna Ireland.

Known as “Hollywood’s Architect”, LA-born and based Williams was the first licensed Black architect west of the Mississippi River. He built his prestigious six-decade career well before the Civil Rights Movement, designing over 3000 buildings of all shapes, sizes, and functions. From banks & hospitals, to private homes & public housing, his top clientele included Frank Sinatra & Lucille Ball. As the first Black member & Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture, he posthumously received the AIA Gold Medal 40 years after his death.⁣


Janna’s four years of photographing Paul Williams buildings has culminated into the launch of her upcoming book, “Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View”. She was gracious to let us preview and share these intimate captures for our Creative Features series. Her book can now be pre-ordered through Angel City Press.