Black History Month: Take a walking tour of Compton architecture

Years after designing Compton City Hall, African American architect Harold Williams said he was determined to bring well-crafted architecture to the community because “all people deserve quality architecture.”

In honor of Black History Month, the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects will host a walking tour on Feb. 26 highlighting the work of black architects and the barriers they had to overcome. Williams, for instance, designed Compton City Hall during a time when African American architects rarely obtained such commissions. The building was completed in 1976.