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Paul R. Williams – Architect for the Masses

Best known for his residential projects with Hollywood's elite, Paul R. Williams nevertheless sought to provide affordable design to L.A.'s growing population. Appointed to the National Board of Municipal Housing in 1940, Williams began his journey into the world of public housing, where his eye for design and keen understanding of the needs of the people shone in homes that still stand today. Listen to UCLA historian Eric Avila as he explains the dynamics of affordable housing in Los Angeles and Paul R. Williams' civic aspirations.

LA as SubjectA collaboration between the USC Libraries and KCETLink, Lost LA features the member collections of L.A. as Subject, a research alliance dedicated to preserving and telling the sometimes-hidden stories and histories of the Los Angeles region.

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