Paul R. Williams, architect of some of the grandest homes in Hollywood & iconic buildings in L.A., learned to draw upside down bc his clients did not want to sit next to a Black man.
His handwriting is portrayed in the Beverly Hills hotel sign, which he could not stay at.
I'm happy to see this is resonating with so many. It is a sad part of who we are as a nation. Unfortunately much of this endures.
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I'd love to hear about the Black architects, builders, urban planners & members of related profession who have inspired you and who you look up to?
For me one of the greats is Herman J. Russell, a Black construction professional, who developed large parts of Atlanta.
Follow my brother @J. Smith, Architect, a licensed architect in the state of New York, who turned my attention to Black architects many months ago.
Black architects are 2% of the profession (while Black people are 13.5% of Americans).