Although I never met Don Williamson, he provided our family with a gift that we will cherish the rest of our lives. In 1975 I acquired the Pearl Street house, an architectural masterpiece, from Mark Engelman, late of Laguna Beach. Williamson designed this home for Engelman in 1958.
It is a hyperbolic parabaloid, similar to the structure at the Festival grounds but made of wood instead of concrete. The soaring roof, open space, and absence of supporting walls has been a source of awe and wonder for all who have visited. The lot upon which it rests was selected for Engelman by Fred Lang (park named for him) also late of Laguna Beach and an internationally known landscape architect and conservationist. This wondrous home has been a source of peace, comfort, and serenity for me, my wife, and daughters. We will ever be grateful for his vision. RIP Don Williamson.