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The Creative Collaboration of Paul R. Williams and A. Quincy Jones
February 16, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm |
The dynamic working relationship between Paul R. Williams and his former employee A. Quincy Jones is evidenced in two striking projects in Palm Springs; the Palm Springs Tennis Club Addition completed in 1947, and the Town and Country Restaurant completed in 1948.
Jones worked for Williams until he moved on to Allied Engineers, Inc., where, in a joint venture with Williams, Adrian Wilson, and the engineer Donald R. Warren, he was responsible for the development of the general layout of Roosevelt Base in San Pedro.
Not long after Jones opened his own office in 1945, as a joint venture, Williams and Jones were asked to design a restaurant and bar for the tennis club. This was an opportunity to combine geometry of the man-made structure with organic forms of the surrounding terrain.
Shortly after the tennis club was completed, Williams and Jones were commissioned to remodel the Top of the Ramp restaurant, which required using the existing footings and basement. Situated within the Town and Country Center, an early mixed-use complex in Palm Springs, the sweeping entrance stairs and dramatic cantilevered canopy of the restaurant drew the public in to a warm space with furniture designed by Charles and Ray Eames.
Cory Buckner, AIA, is an architect and author of A. Quincy Jones (Phaidon). Noted for her architectural and restoration projects, she lives in an A. Quincy Jones home she restored in the Crestwood Hills section of Los Angeles. She received a B.F.A. from the Chouinard Art Institute and a M.Arch. from the University of California, Los Angeles.