First published in the April 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
The Lanterman House will sponsor a free lecture by historic house expert Tim Gregory at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1.
The talk, titled “Paul Revere Williams in La Cañada Flintridge,” will explore the life and career of celebrated architect Paul Revere Williams, who passed away in 1980, and his work in the local community.
Williams was the only major African-American architect based in Southern California during a period when people of color were discouraged from entering the profession.
Williams, who was an early protégé of Sen. Frank Flint, designed several private residences in the community in a wide variety of styles.
As the former long-time archivist at the Lanterman House and owner of the website buildingbiographer.com, Gregory has been collecting information about Williams-designed homes in the area for several decades.
The lecture will be free and held on the grounds of the historic Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Drive, La Cañada Flintridge.
Also, any current resident of a Paul Revere Williams home in La Cañada Flintridge is invited to participate in the discussion and share personal stories about living in a Williams-designed home.
“Although Paul Williams said he had designed at least 32 residences in La Cañada Flintridge, a number of them have not been identified due to lack of documentation,” Gregory said. “We hope this presentation will help unearth a few more of his designs.”
Reservations are encouraged via Eventbrite: https://paulwilliamslecture.eventbrite.com.
For more information, visit lantermanhouse.org.