Williams' rendering for the Small House Competition

Small House Plan Service publishes winning design

In 1923 Paul R. Williams wins honorable mention for his design of a small house entered in a competition sponsored by the Community Arts Association of Santa Barbara. The Community Arts Association is a pioneer in the movement to develop "better standards of small house architecture." Eight years later his winning entry is included in a catalog of designs published by Theodore A. Koetzil, director of the Small House Plan Service. Koetzil selects the Williams' design for publication in his  catalog because "on studying the design today it is found still to hold its position in the first rank...the design is unquestionably good architecture of today." (Los Angeles Times, December 6, 1931)

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Market Built for Actress

LA Times, February 3, 1931

Corrine Griffith, retired silent movie actress, hires Williams to design a general market building in Beverly Hills—the first commercial building in the area.

E. L. Cord mansion

Domestic Architecture

Architect and Engineer, October 1931

"in an exhibition of residential architecture, featuring the work of Paul Williams, architect ... in the Architects Building Materials Exhibit ... outstanding in this collection of photographs, renderings and sketches, are those of the E.L.Cord residence, now under construction in Beverly Hills. This home is said to be an unusually large example of the Southern Colonial style of architecture."

When the Cord Mansion is completed in 1933, every aspect of the home is covered in contemporary popular and trade magazines: the pool, the game room, bar nook and stables (California Arts and Architecture), the interiors (Architectural Digest) and the general style (Architect and Engineer).