Paul Williams: Architect to the Stars - – Rockford’s News Leader

Paul Williams: Architect to the Stars

From the U.S. Census Bureau

Paul Williams was orphaned at the age of 4 and no one paid much attention to the child's artistic talent. But he earned his engineering degree, and against all advice, opened his own architecture practice, going on to become one of the nation's premier architects.

Williams designed the Los Angeles International Airport, the general hospital in Los Angeles and the Beverly Hills Hotel. Williams also designed more than 2,000 homes in Southern California, including some of the most beautiful in Hollywood. His clients included Cary Grant, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Frank Sinatra and Desi Arnaz.

There are 214,000 architects in the U.S. today, just over 3 percent of them African American.

This profile is adapted from Profile America, a radio series produced by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2004.

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