'Paul Williams: Architect to the Stars' with Eleanor Schrader

Fifty and Better Lecture Series

'Paul Williams: Architect to the Stars' with Eleanor Schrader

Often described as “Architect to the Stars,” Paul Williams left an indelible mark on architecture during a prolific career that spanned almost 60 years. The first Black member and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he became known for designs that were stylized and elegant. He had an extraordinary capability with Southern California historical styles, yet he was equally comfortable with modern design. His vast body of work stretches from Beverly Hills and New York to Paris and Colombia, including such luminary clients as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Tyrone Power and Lon Chaney. This class will explore and illustrate the architectural legacy left by Williams and discuss the inspirational contributions he made to each city his designs enriched.

Eleanor Schrader is an award-winning educator, lecturer and author. She lectures worldwide on art and architectural history, and leads art and architecture tours throughout the world. She has been named a distinguished instructor at UCLA Extension, where she teaches history of architecture, interior design, furniture and decorative arts. She is also professor emeritus of art and architectural history at Santa Monica College. She has done graduate work in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby's Institute in London and New York. She has served as a design review commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills and currently serves on the board of directors of the John Lautner Foundation.

The Fifty and Better program was designed to offer university-level courses (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for individuals age 50 and older. When COVID-19 erupted and in-person courses had to be postponed indefinitely, we responded by moving the courses to a virtual environment using Zoom.

Cost for the two-hour lecture is $8.


Register by Friday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m.

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Christina Tierney