An Eloquent Modernist

E. Stewart Williams, Architect

Edited by Sidney Williams

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  • Published: January 2015
  • Subject Listing: Architecture
  • Bibliographic information: 209 pp., 162 illus., 11.8 x 10.8 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Distributed for: Palm Springs Art Museum
  • Contents

The architecture designed by E. Stewart Williams from 1947 until his retirement in 1996 is integral to the fabric of Palm Springs. Educated at Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania, Williams was grounded in the Beaux-Arts tradition, and became a confirmed Modernist. Beginning with his first residential design, a home for Frank Sinatra, Williams used a spectrum of materials-natural and industrial-to create structures that had the elegance and simplicity of Modern aesthetics combined with a textural and chromatic sensitivity to the desert.

With more than 120 photographs by Julius Shulman, Maynard Parker, Tim Street-Porter, Dan Chavkin, and David Glomb; images of Williams's renderings, drawings, and artwork; and insightful essays by Lauren Bricker, Elizabeth Edwards Harris, Erin Hyman, Volker Welter, Wim de Wit, and Sidney Williams, the book reveals the span and depth of Williams's fifty-year career in architecture.
Foreword / Steven A. Nash, PhD

Introduction / Sidney Williams

Acknowledgments / Sidney Williams

1. Trying His Hand: Williams as Multifaceted Artist / Erin Hyman, PhD

2. The Spirit of Collegiality, The Power of Eloquence / Sidney Williams

3. At Home with E. Stewart Williams: Modern Domestic Desert Architecture in the Genteel Tradition / Volker M. Welter, PhD

4. Dignity and Delight: Modern Banks / Elizabeth Edwards Harris, PhD

5. E. Stewart Williams: The Lost Buildings / Elizabeth Edwards Harris, PhD

6. Civic and Educational "Architecture as Environmental Expression" / Lauren Weiss Bricker, PhD

7. The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams and Palm Springs / Wim de Wit

Selected Biography, E. Stewart Williams

Project List
Selected Bibliography