The Paul Revere Williams drawings span 3.5 linear feet and date from circa 1935 to circa 1950. The collection is composed
of both original architectural drawings and reprographic copies of the following projects: St. Nicholas Model house, an unidentified
single story residence, the Jay Paley residence, the Nellie Hirsh residence, and a series of drawings which were later published
in 1946 by Williams in a book for prospective home-builders of floor plans and presentation drawings entitled
New Homes for Today.
Paul Revere Williams was born February 18, 1894 in Los Angeles, California. Williams studied architecture at the University
of Southern California from 1916 to 1919. He went on to study at Howard University, where he earned his doctorate in architecture.
Williams became a certified architect in 1921. From 1921 to 1924, Williams worked as a draftsman in the office of Los Angeles
architect John C. Austin, before establishing his own office by the age of 28. Williams practiced largely in southern California
where he designed numerous homes, civic, and commercial buildings. Paul Revere Williams retired in 1973 and died in 1980.