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(The Network Journal) — Though Black Americans as workers virtually built this nation, Black architects have been as scarce as chicken lips and snake hips. Well, not quite that bad, at least not historically when you consider the phenomenal careers of Paul Williams (1884-1980), who was known as the “Architect of the Stars” in Hollywood, having designed homes for Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, to mention a few notables who sought his creative ingenuity.

Vertner Tandy (1885-1949) and the recently departed J. Max Bond, Jr. (1935-2009) left their remarkable buildings around New York City and elsewhere, but here’s a few living Black architects that warrant more than a passing nod.

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