LA Honors Architect Paul R. Williams with Intersection Dedication

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LA Honors Architect Paul R. Williams with Intersection Dedication

In a momentous occasion, the city of Los Angeles will commemorate the legacy of renowned architect Paul R. Williams by dedicating an intersection in Hollywood to his honor. The corner of North St. Andrews Place and De Longpre Avenue will be officially named “Paul R. Williams Square,” coinciding with what would have been his 130th birthday.

The dedication ceremony will coincide with the annual event, “A Celebration of Paul Revere Williams,” organized by the Hollywood Together Foundation. Festivities kick off with a vibrant block party at 4 p.m., followed by a reception at 6 p.m.

L.A. City Councilman Hugo Soto-Martínez, who spearheaded the motion to designate the street in Williams’ honor, expressed pride in recognizing Williams’ groundbreaking career amid enduring discrimination. As the first Black architect to join the American Institute of Architects, Williams’ imprint on Los Angeles’ architectural landscape and civil rights movement remains profound and enduring.

Joining the commemoration, state Sen. Anthony Portantino and Hollywood Partnership president Kathleen Rawson will provide remarks alongside Councilman Soto-Martínez. Michael Tessler, executive director for Hollywood Together, reflects on the significance of honoring Williams, emphasizing the architect’s creativity and service to the community.

The event promises live entertainment and delectable food offerings, with the reception hosted at Second Home Hollywood, a structure designed by Williams himself. Attendees can partake in an auction, an exhibition showcasing Hollywood’s past, present, and future, and the presentation of the inaugural Paul Revere Williams Award.

As Los Angeles celebrates the life and contributions of Paul R. Williams, the dedication of “Paul R. Williams Square” serves as a testament to his enduring influence and the city’s commitment to preserving his remarkable legacy for generations to come.

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