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Lost LA

Paul Revere Williams: An African-American Architect in Jet-Age L.A.

Season 4 Episode 4

Although best known for designing the homes of celebrities like Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra, the pioneering African-American architect Paul Revere Williams also contributed to some of the city’s most recognizable civic structures — all while confronting racial barriers. In this episode, we visit LAX’s iconic Theme Building with Rebecca Choi who studies politics, culture and representation of urban space and architectural form; a Williams-designed church with photographer Janna Ireland, who is training her lenses on many of the architect’s surviving projects; and the Pueblo del Rio public housing project archive.

The following changes were made to the original episode:
The statement about Mr. Williams’ adoption was removed.
The statement about Mr. Williams’ self- awareness of his racial identity was removed.
The statement about the extent of damage to the materials belonging to Mr. Williams was removed.

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During World War II, three renowned photographers captured scenes from the Japanese incarceration: outsiders Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams and incarceree Tōyō Miyatake who boldly smuggled in a camera lens to document life from within the camp.
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