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Paul Williams Shaped the Face of Los Angeles Architecture

Black History Month is celebrated during February and is the perfect opportunity to recognize the contributions of a historic and groundbreaking black architect who shaped the face of Los Angeles architecture forever.

“Planning is thinking beforehand how something is to be made or done, and mixing imagination with the product – which in a broad sense makes all of us planners. The only difference is that some people get a license to get paid for thinking and the rest of us just contribute our good thoughts to our fellow man.”

Paul Williams, Architect

Paul Williams was a native Angeleno and largely practiced in Southern California. He was the only African-American student in his elementary school and went on to study at the Los Angeles School of Art, the Los Angeles branch of the New York Beaux-Arts Institute of Design. He went on to further his education at the University of Southern California (USC) studying architecture, where he designed several residential buildings while a student there. He became a certified architect in 1921, becoming the first black architect west of the Mississippi. He later became a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1923 and was inducted as their first black fellow. When he began his career, he could not find another black architect to be a role model or mentor.

Williams made his name by being an architect to the stars. His work would come to signify the glamorous and luxurious lifestyle of Southern California. One of the hallmarks in his designs was a luxurious curving staircase, which was the prominent feature in a 1925 Colonial he built in Brentwood for a notable financial services mogul. The new owner remarked that when he first saw the home, it looked so luxurious that he wasn’t sure he could afford the home, but if he could afford the staircase, he would take it with him. Williams’ homes were soon know for their grace, design and elegant proportions. They attracted such clients as Frank Sinatra, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Lon Chaney, Sr., Lucille Ball, Julie London, Tyrone Power, Barbara Stanwyck, Bert Lahr, Charles Correll, Will Hays, Zasu Pitts, and Danny Thomas. In all, he designed over 2300 homes in the Hollywood Hills and the Mid-Wilshire district.

Paul Williams retired in 1973 and passed in January of 1980. In October 2015, a monument and memorial plaza was dedicated to Williams north of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance building. It features a bas relief of Williams with many of his works.

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting


PRESS RELEASE: LA Lighting Firm Completes Project on $30 Million Brentwood Property

ADG Lighting Collaborates on Residence on Prestigious Tigertail Road

LOS ANGELES – July 27, 2017 — Premier Los Angeles based custom lighting firm ADG Lighting has just completed work on a newly constructed estate that just hit the Los Angeles real estate market for $30 million this summer.

The contemporary European-styled home, located on the prestigious Tigertail Road in Brentwood, features custom lighting fixtures by ADG Lighting. All exterior sconces and pendants were designed and manufactured by the renowned firm, in addition to the lighting in the kitchen, dining room, master bathroom, and kitchen. They also designed the brass bathroom mirrors with ball lights in the powder room.

Gerald Olesker, founder and CEO of ADG Lighting, worked with interior designer Tiffany Harris of Tiffany Harris Design and listing agent Santiago Arana of The Agency.

The three-story home features a rooftop terrace, soundproofed theater, 1,500-bottle wine cellar, wine tasting, and cigar lounge, as well as an elevator, indoor-outdoor gym and 10-car auto gallery.

“This home was simply a masterpiece of European elegance,” said Olesker. “Collaborating with Tiffany and Santiago on a home of this stature was a great experience, and we are so thrilled with the final results.”

Gerald Olesker has over 20 years experience in industrial design, and applies his background as a trained architect on all of the custom design projects he has worked on. He and his team specialize on high-end residential and hospitality spaces throughout the United States, with several projects in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin and in major cities across Arizona, Oregon, and Florida.

About ADG Lighting

With offices in Agoura Hills and Newport Beach, California, ADG Lighting works with multi-family homes, spec homes, beach homes, restaurants, hotels & resorts, and landmarks worldwide providing high caliber design and sustainable lighting solutions. Viewed millions of times online, the firm’s work has been featured in several media outlets, including 20/Twenty Architectural & Beyond, California Homes Magazine, Elle Decor, Interior Design, SFV Business Journal, Architectural Digest, Institute of Classical Architecture Publications, Wall Street Radio, Fox News Charlene on Green Hawaii, North American Design’s Green Leaders of Tomorrow, LA City Watch, LUXE Magazine + other award-winning magazines, books, programs and properties around the world.

Residence on Prestigious Tigertail Road

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ADG Lighting Featured in Interior Design Magazine

Some major creative juices were flowing the day we began working on this expansive Los Angeles home with renowned architect Hagy Belzberg of Belzberg Architects and Delta Wright Interior Design. Recently featured in Interior Design magazine, the 12,000 square foot avant-garde home provides some major eye candy for anyone who enjoys original and unique design. ADG designed and custom manufactured several fixtures and furnishings in the property, including a custom vintage glass orb chandelier, a custom pool table cue wall rack, and a round glass pendant.


View more of our custom design work. For more information please call (818) 597-9494 or email


ADG Lighting Featured Brand on Dering Hall

Word continues getting around about the talent at ADG Lighting. We are honored to be a featured brand on the Dering Hall carousel this week!

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Designers and architects visit Dering Hall to source all types of items, to include lighting. You can visit our storefront to see our line of pendants, chandeliers, sconces, and more.

Gerald Olesker and Joey Gennaro lead the industry in innovative and classic decorative light fixtures, architectural ornamentation and furnishings. The couture capabilities of Olesker’s designs and Gennaro’s factory oversight surpass time. Recently the team at ADG Lighting completed lighting and planter boxes for a $23 million dollar home for sale on the coveted La Mesa Drive in Brentwood, California.

The mantra of design from curbside to poolside truly begins at the curb on this project, all the way through to the pool overlooking the Riviera Golf Club. For more information on our services, please email us at or call at (818) 597-9494.


Curbside to Poolside Lighting

While we’ve been busy working hard on our 2015 lighting collection, we always have the opportunity to customize pieces for our clientele. These decorative lanterns were for a nice mid-century inspired home in Brentwood originally designed by Peter Choate. The current remodel is being completed by Gordon Gibson, whom we have worked with for 20 years.  These lanterns are part of our 21 collection.


We also created several planters, which were placed throughout the exterior of the home from curbside to poolside and overlooking the Riviera Country Club golf course. The 30 planters span the range, from oversized 36” square x 48” boxed planters with liners to dramatically long 5 foot low slung planters with drought tolerant succulents planted by Seasons Landscaping.

The modern lantern placed in a lantern will be part of our new ADG Lighting 21 line. There were also many other fixtures, from triangle lanterns with antiqued mirrors to mesh lights throwing pattern, placed inside and outside of this mid-century home. We also completed a similar look for a home in Florida last month.

ADG can bring your creative vision to life. From curbside to poolside, we provide custom lighting and ironworks to any size home. Like what you see? Email us at or call (818) 597-9494 for more information.