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During a career spanning six decades, architect Paul Revere Williams came to define what gracious living looked like for the Hollywood elite. Williams mastered an array of architectural idioms--including American Colonial, Spanish Mediterranean, English Tudor, French Normandy, and of course, California ranch style--to create the sophisticated yet understated showplaces featured here in new full-color photography. Among the most celebrated architects of his generation, Williams was also the first African-American member of the American Institute of Architects, and he was deeply involved in the black community in Los Angeles and in African-American affairs nationally. With clients such as Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and Barbara Stanwyck, Williams left his mark in the city’s most glamorous and exclusive enclaves--Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Bel Air, and the Hollywood Hills.