First Annual Paul R. Williams Week of Service

On Monday, June 20th, Multihouse commenced the first ever Paul R. Williams Week of Service. The week following Juneteenth was dedicated to Paul R. Williams, a trailblazing black architect who helped shaped the city of Los Angeles. Volunteers dedicated their time all week to participate in various community improvement projects on N. St. Andrews Place, the future home of Paul R. Williams Place & Memorial.

Paul R. Williams was the first black architect to become a member of the American Institute of Architects in 1923. By the time he passed away in 1980, Williams had created approximately 2,500 buildings, the majority in Los Angeles, but all around the globe. Many volunteers came out to improve their community, knowing that this street deserves to reflect the great work that Paul R. Williams accomplished during his life.

We were pleased to work alongside the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council, CalTrans, Second Home, the Assistance League of Los Angeles, Covenant House of California, the United Human Race Foundation, Elon University, LunAzul Films, The Sidewalk Project, and dozens of other volunteers.

Activities of the Paul R. Williams Week of Service included: building two community gardens, painting over graffiti, removing bulky items, weeding, the creation of the HSDNC Pocket Park, picking up trash, painting buildings and murals, and installing doggy waste stations around the street.

Make sure to check in with our socials, as we have been posting recaps of the cleanup on our Instagram and TikTok, both!