Conceivably America’s foremost African American architect, Paul Williams’ own house testifies to his vision of postwar modernism. The entry, foyer and stairway reflect Willams’ earlier romance with Hollywood Regency. But the exterior clearly underscores the new era with its second story terrace sharply cantilevering over the gentle round of the lanai below. Both the lanai and living room open to the patio and gardens.
But, while the lanai is informal, offering an indoor-outdoor appeal, the living room is elegantly intimate, softened by the green marble hearth and soffit ceiling. The well-proportioned formal dining room centers on a splendid Regency buffet built into and extending from floor-to-ceiling windows on the north wall. Adjacent is an original classic St. Charles kitchen with breakfast area. Upstairs, the master suite abounds with wardrobe closets surrounding a commodious dressing room, along with two bedrooms ensuite with baths and direct access to the nearly wrap-around roof.