A piece of architectural history has hit the market in California: a 1937 Los Angeles home designed by famed architect Paul R. Williams hit the market this week for $5.25 million.
The five-bedroom Colonial Revival home last sold for $176,000 in 1971, records show, and is located in Little Holmby, near UCLA. “Paul Williams was extraordinary as a talent, and his work is just wonderful,” the home’s seller, interior designer Ann Ascher, told Mansion Global.
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“Over time, it pushes you even more, and I find that every day I live in this house, I can’t help but look at the beautiful architectural details, the flow of the rooms, the way it lays out each room with a small fireplace that leads you into it.
Williams “wanted to unite the indoors with the outdoors, and beyond the cradle-arch entrance hall you can see the pool, flowers and hedges,” Ms Ascher added. “It’s nice.”
The home is well-appointed for entertaining, with a living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace as well as a wood-paneled library and seated porch overlooking the pool, according to marketing materials from listing agents Bret Parsons and Aaron Montelongo of Compass.
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The main level also features a dining and entertainment room which includes a formal dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a breakfast room, a butler’s pantry, and a “master’s bathroom”. maid,” according to the listing. A space that can be used as a pool cabana or home office is also located on the first floor.
Prior to the Ascher family’s purchase in 1971, the home was owned by Patricia McClintock Hilton after her divorce from Conrad “Nicky” Hilton Jr. in 1965, according to marketing materials.
“The very first time I saw the house I wasn’t even on the market, but I walked in and loved it,” Ms Ascher said. “At the time we called it had already been sold to a member of the Hilton family. I spoke to the real estate agent and said, “If she ever wants to sell, call me right away.”
“A few years later I got the call and we went straight to buy it,” Ms Ascher said.
Williams, a pioneering architect who became the first black member of the American Institute of Architects, designed many public buildings as well as large private homes in Southern California, including properties owned by Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball. . He died in 1980 at the age of 85.