Paul Revere Was Here: On the Trail of L.A.'s Legendary Architect | Los Angeles Conservancy

Paul Revere Was Here: On the Trail of L.A.'s Legendary Architect

Paul Revere Was Here: On the Trail of L.A.'s Legendary Architect

Friday, December 31, 2021 - 11:45pm Register
With a career spanning almost 60 years, and an estimated 3,000 designs to his name it would be a tall order to visit every Paul R. Williams building in Los Angeles County. This self-guided tour booklet narrows downs that list to highlight some of Williams' more prominent works along with some must see hidden gems. The self-guided tour contains over twenty locations, with descriptions, as well as a map. The booklet also includes sites related to Paul R. Williams' life and buildings designed by our architects influenced by the works of Mr. Williams. Included with the booklet are audio recordings of SoCal NOMA members going more in depth about select sites on the tour.
There’s no better way to get a sense of the legendary Paul Revere Williams than by seeing the path he carved across Los Angeles!
Each downloadable driving guide booklet comes with a sign you can print out and use as a prop as you visit each site! Don't forget to use the hashtag #PaulRevereWasHere.

 

 

 
 
There is no start time or date for this event. The tours in this guide are self-guided, without any onsite involvement from the L.A. Conservancy.
All participants in the Los Angeles Conservancy-sponsored Walking Tours knowingly and freely accept and assume all risks, both known and unknown, and AGREE TO RELEASE, DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, NOT SUE, AND HOLD HARMLESS the Los Angeles Conservancy, its principals, officers, employees, volunteers, sponsors, agents and other participants from any and all claims, damages (including medical expenses and attorneys’ fees), injuries and expenses arising out of, or resulting from your voluntary attendance/participation in Walking Tours.
 

Featured Location(s)

First African Methodist Episcopal Church
Photo by Ysa Adams / Incite Photography

First African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Late Modern-style building was designed by Paul R. Williams, the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects and a lifetime member of the First A.M.E. church.
Photo courtesy the Kor Group

Chase Knolls

This garden apartment community in Sherman Oaks was built in response to the postwar population boom, for those looking for "gracious living in apartment homes."
Photo by Eric Staudenmaier Photography

28th Street Apartments

Paul Revere Williams, the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects, designed this YMCA to serve the African American community.
Kelly Music Building
Kelly Music Building in Westwood Village, most recently as Tanino Ristorante. Photo by Steven Sann.

Kelly Music Building / Tanino Ristorante

As of December 2019, the Kelly Music Building is an officially designated Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) as part of the development of Westwood Village. In June 2019, the Conservancy nominated the building for local recognition.
Exterior of Watts Happening Cultural Center. Photo by Rita Cofield.

Watts Happening Cultural Center

Since 1969, Black art, culture, and activism have flourished in this rare Late-Modern style building in the Watts neighborhood of South L.A.