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E. Stewart Williams Collection
2002; S2015.4-5; S2016.2-4; S2016.11  
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The architecture designed by E. Stewart Williams FAIA (1909-2005) from 1947 until his retirement in 1996 is integral to the fabric of Palm Springs. Producing residencies, banks, schools, hospitals, and colleges, he initially worked with his father Harry and bother Roger in the firm Williams, Williams and Williams, and later with John Porter Clark, as Williams, Clark and Williams. Educated at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania, Williams was grounded in the Beaux-Arts tradition, and became a confirmed Modernist. Beginning with his first residential design, a home for Frank Sinatra, Williams used a spectrum of materials--natural and industrial--to create structures that had the elegance and simplicity of Modern aesthetics combined with a textural and chromatic sensitivity to the desert. His works include the Palm Springs Art Museum, numerous financial institutions and residences in Palm Springs.
9 linear feet plus flat file drawers
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