The collaborative series “Glass House Presents at New Canaan Library” is pleased to offer a live webinar by artist and author Janna Ireland, discussing her book, Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View. The webinar will be presented on Thursday September 24th at 7:00 PM EST. Please register online at https://newcanaanlibrary.org/calendar/.
Zoom sign in information will be provided upon registration. This event is supported in part by Connecticut Humanities and the New Canaan Community Foundation.
Ireland’s compelling book is a photographic exploration of the work of Paul Revere Williams, the first licensed Black architect west of the Mississippi River.
Known as “Hollywood’s Architect”, Williams was a Los Angeles native who built a wildly successful career as an architect decades before the Civil Rights Movement. He designed municipal buildings and private homes as well as banks, churches, hospitals, and university halls. His architectural designs ranged from public housing projects to mansions for celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball.
In 1923, Williams became the first Black member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2017, nearly forty years after his death, he became the first Black recipient of the AIA Gold Medal. information.