Paul R. Williams, FAIA, 1948. The Dr. R. N. Williams Residence. First public offering. The two-story 1948 home is a rare example of a Modernist house designed by Paul Revere Williams FAIA (1894 - 1980.) The three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,040 square-foot property is in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by period-piece revival homes in one of the City of Ontario's oldest districts. Williams is renowned for his ability to design in any historical style. He is usually lauded for the flawlessly proportioned villas he designed for Hollywood celebrities of the 1940s and '50s who expected as much glamour in their houses as on their movie sets. Designated a landmark in 2006, this house speaks that same Williams language of class and craftsmanship. Here, however, that language is rooted in a philosophy so profoundly antithetical to traditional historical styles that it is remarkable that Williams could command the idiom with such assurance. The dwelling was fine enough to be chosen for the coverof Forgotten Modern, California Houses 1940 - 1970, written by architectural historian Alan Hess.
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