It gave me a great sense of personal joy to discover this Paul R. Williams home, surprisingly the only one in Silver Lake created during his long and illustrious career. The home was built for Restaurateur Rene Faron and his wife in 1935. Designed in an elegant traditional style, the home is set back from the street in a semi-enclosed motor courtyard.
Known as the ‘Architect of the Stars’, Williams created over 2000 private residences during a career that spanned almost sixty years. Among his celebrity clients were Anthony Quinn, Bert Lahr, Danny Thomas, and Zsa Zsa Gabor. His most well-known commercial projects were the futuristic Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport and the United Nations Building in Paris.
Williams was one of the most highly regarded architects that defined the Southern California lifestyle for a culture obsessed with a romantic notion of Hollywood. His achievements was all the more extraordinary given that he was an African American. Through perserverance, he overcame the many obstacles that confronted him. He was the first African American to become a member of the American Institute of Architects; in 1957 he became the first black elected to the distinguished AIA College of Fellows.
The Rene Faron Residence is located at 2081 Redcliff Street in Silver Lake.