Two Rizzoli Charmers for the Spring -“Paul R. Williams
Classic Hollywood Style” & “Parisian Hideaways”
The book is pricey but it truly is a collectible from Rizzoli by Karen
E. Hudson ($65.00, 240 pages) “Paul R. Williams Classic Hollywood Style.
For more than sixty years the famed architect’s work was a benchmark for
all things grand and beautiful. The first African-American to be a
member of the American Institute of Architects, Williams also had an
impact on LA’s black community and the greater national black community.
The book’s author is the granddaughter of Williams and a third
To turn the pages of this terrific tome is to be transported back in
time to the way it was. From the first full page photograph of Leistikow
Residence Hancock Park, 1923 to last full page illustration Historic
Suite, Beverly Hills Hotel Beverly Hills, 1949 is see the brilliance,
the sensitivity, the great skills of Paul Revere Williams at work.
“Parisian Hideaways” by Casey O’Brien Blondes (Rizzoli, $17.98, 216
pages) is a mother lode of images and information about special places
in Paris. It was especially serenditits for us to come across two great
places that we have been to and written about – Kube and San Regis. One
is a unique modernistic and chic location while the other is classic
The book’s intro declares: “Everyone has his or her fantasy of an ideal
hotel, and Paris being Paris is the object of particularly exalted
expectation.” Beautifully produced, lovely to look at, carefully
organized and very well written, “Parisian Hideaways” meets all
exalted expectations providing cameo sketches of some of the City of
Light most exquisite hotels. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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