Finding Aid for the Paul Revere Williams drawings, circa 1935-circa 1950 0000254

Finding aid prepared by Chris Marino
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130
805-893-2724
adc@museum.ucsb.edu


Title: Paul Revere Williams drawings
Identifier/Call Number: 0000254
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.5 Linear feet (1 flat box and 4 flat file folders)
Date (inclusive): circa 1935-circa 1950
creator: Williams, Paul Revere, 1894-1980

Access

Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of Mrs. Paul R. Williams.

Preferred Citation note

Paul Revere Williams drawings, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

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.

Scope and Content note

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.

Related Archival Materials note

Julius Shulman photography archive, 1936-1997, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2004.R.10.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Williams, Paul Revere, 1894-1980
Architectural drawings
Presentation drawings (proposals)
Reprographic copies

FlatFile 1

St. Nicholas Model house 1949

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content note

One flat file folder containing one reprographic copy in the form of a presentation drawing. The location is unknown.
FlatFile 2

Unidentified single story residence (Los Angeles, Calif.) circa 1938

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content note

One flat file folder containing two original drawings of an unidentified residence. Drawings include a presentation drawing and a floor plan, both in color and undated.
FlatFile 3

Jay Paley house (Los Angeles, Calif.) 1935-1936

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content note

One flat file folder containing two original drawings, east and west elevations.
FlatFile 4

Nellie Hirsh house (Bel Air, Calif.) 1932

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content note

11 original architectural drawings document the Nellie Hirsh residence. Drawings are dated 1932 and include: revised first and second floor plans, additions, foundation plan, interior and exterior elevations, and one conceptual drawing.
Box 1

New Homes for Today circa 1935

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content note

Five architectural drawings on boards, all undated, although each presentation drawing is a distinct residence. Two of the five boards feature presentation drawings without a floor plan, these drawings were later included in Williams’ publication New Homes for Today. The three remaining boards feature both a presentation drawing and a floor plan, these drawings are not included in the published version of New Homes for Today but could have been included in a preliminary draft.