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Feedback: Pet advice for Bella Thorne, a petition that tried to keep Paul Williams out of the home he built

Feedback: Pet advice for Bella Thorne, a petition that tried to keep Paul Williams out of the home he built

Regarding “Portrait of an L.A. Architect” [Oct. 21] about photographer Janna Ireland’s project documenting the buildings of architect Paul R. Williams: During the early ’50s, when I was about 12 years old, I lived with my family on Victoria Avenue near Venice and Crenshaw. Williams built a home that was very modern for the time down the street on a corner. I remember it had a sweeping veranda. I don’t know if it still exists.

All the neighbors were in awe until they found out a black man, Williams, was moving in. A petition was circulated to keep him out. I remember standing with my father when he refused to sign it. Overnight most of the houses went up for sale. I remember even...

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