There’s a centennial birthday coming up (July 12th) for the Beverly Hills Hotel which opened in 1912 and was renovated by Paul Revere Williams in 1946… Iconic. If you want to know about an architect who designed many of the landmark buildings of Los Angeles and hundreds of local residences see the highly influential and groundbreaking designs of:

His granddaughter, Karen E. Hudson, has written two beautiful coffee table books: PAUL R. WILLIAMS, ARCHITECT and PAUL R. WILLIAMS: CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD STYLE. Simply divine.

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  1. Thanks for recently visiting “Real People Don’t Hire Architects.” I love this post. Never did know about this architect.

    • July 12, 2012

      One of the Los Angeles greats, and his residences are exquisite — I was fortunate to visit a house he designed in the 1920’s, in perfectly original condition, including the furniture and paintings he specified and the garden he landscaped with a Alhambra inspired fountain and whispering bench. It took my breath away.

      • Well I guess I should be ashamed of my self for not knowing who PRW was, especially considering I worked on the 2007 renovation of the Escada store in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. I found myself routing around in a basement room full of old drawings. I am sure that some of them came from work by PRW. What an experience.

  2. July 19, 2012

    So happy to have found your site! Just beautiful! I recently returned from a 12-day stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a place I travel to often and where I was married seven years ago. Though they were in the midst of renovating for their centennial celebration, the history of this storied hotel and its gorgeous architecture is undeniable. Coincidentally, my husband just presented me with Paul Williams book, Classic Hollywood Style, and it is exquisite! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the follow!

    • July 19, 2012

      Thank you. I like your style and you are now living in one of the most architecturally stylish cities in America. Enjoy!

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