He graduated from USC in 1914, was certified as a building contractor in 1915, licensed as an architect in 1921, and “opened his own practice and became the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1923.” Among his many awards, Williams was elected a Fellow of the AIA in 1957, and was posthumously awarded AIA’s 2017 Gold Medal, “the highest annual honor recognizing individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.”
Homes designed by Paul Williams are deeply treasured and rarely available for sale, so it is an enormous honor to represent the Hancock Park home designed for Edwin R. and Grace Ridgway. Overlooking the greens of the Wilshire Country Club, this majestic Hollywood Regency estate is offered for the first time, gorgeously updated to meet the demands of today’s gracious living and grand entertaining. From the generous interior spaces (what a kitchen!) to the formal rose garden, spacious terraces, pool and cabana, and tranquil garden paths, this residence is an architectural triumph and a once in a lifetime opportunity.