Baird Stuart Garza entry

Home Designs in LA duplicated elsewhere

In an article in the Los Angeles Times (July 24, 1927) Williams describes instances where visitors to the city see his home designs and want to build a duplicate home. "The Spanish homes built here are usually a wonderful improvement on their prototypes in Europe, a thing that is generally admitted by visitors here from Spain."

Williams is known throughout his professional career as one of the best California practioners of revival-styling. His residential architecture in the Spanish Colonial style, as reflected in the Baird/Stewardt/Garza house, is highly prized by up-scale modern home-buyers in Los Angeles. 


Residence, John Bishop Green, Flintridge, CA

Continues to receive commissions for Flintridge estates

John Bishop Green hires Williams to design a large weekend home including the latest "modern" conveniences—electric refrigeration and automatic water heaters.

Los Angeles Times (June 5, 1927) describes this new residence in Flintridge as a project by "Paul Williams, one of Southern California's best-known architects."

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927

In 1927 the Mississippi River floods the central United States and displaces nearly a million people. The river inundates small towns and farmland. African Americans leave the stricken rural areas in great numbers to settle in new areas of opportunity such as Chicago and the west. The African American population in Chicago increases from 44,000 in 1910 to 233,000 in 1930. 

This natural disaster transforms American society and politics and contributes to the exodus of African Americans from the Mississippi River Delta. (John Barry, Rising Tide, 1997)

Ensenada Has New Hotel

Los Angeles Times, June 5, 1927

"A new $300,000 hotel of Spanish design is being constructed on Todos Santes Bay at Ensenada, Lower California. An organization of prominent businessmen and sportsmen has been completed to take over the contract... Plans for the hotel have been made by Paul Williams."