Untold LA

Photographing the Astonishing Homes of LA's West Adams District

In 2012 photographer Jett Loe encountered the forgotten Los Angeles District of West Adams, the original wealthy area of town, the “Beverly Hills before Beverly Hills.”  Filled with an astonishing collection of Victorian and Craftsman homes in vibrant, diverse neighborhoods West Adams proved to be a revelation.  Following a successful Kickstarter campaign Jett spent two years producing this mammoth delight of a book that documents the variety of homes and people in the area.

Totaling a fully interactive 365 pages with 500 photos, 70 oral history audio clips from West Adams residents and two hours of behind-the-scenes video commentary, Untold LA is a massive treasure trove for lovers of Los Angeles, American history and architecture.

The Guy Cuzner Mission Style - West Adams Heights

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting photos from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

Page 349 of the Epilogue / Scratching the Surface Chapter features this Mission Revival-esque home, built in 1905 by lumber company heir Guy Cuzner. Compare the styling here to another Mission Revival in West Adams: Engine House No. 18.

BACK FROM MOVING BREAK

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting photos from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

Hey there folks: am back to posting on the blog after taking a break to move back to New Mexico, (you can follow my work as a staff photographer for the Las Cruces Sun-News on my Twitter feed).

Today we've got the above image from Page 348, (Epilogue / Scratching the Surface Chapter): Congregational Church of Christ Fellowship in West Adams Heights. I'll be posting more photos from West Adams Heights in the coming days, (including a peek inside the great J.R. Dennison House, a 1912 Craftsman).

Lafayette Square

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting photos from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

On Pages 341 - 343, (Epilogue), we see some of the homes of Lafayette Square, (also known as La Fayette Square); comprised of eight blocks of Tudor, Craftsman, Italiante and Modernist homes; it's tucked away behind gates and a single entrance, (entrance seen below).

Architect Paul Williams designed and built his own family home in LaFayette Square in 1952. You can see another view of the home on this Chapter’s introductory page.

Below: more homes of LaFayette Square.

The Lukens House by Raphael Soriano

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting photos from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

On Page 337 of the iBook, (Epilogue), we have the Lukens House of Jefferson Park, designed by Raphael Soriano.

Below you can see home the home is flooded with beautiful light.

Below: a view of the backyard seen from the compact Kitchen.

Below, daylight fills the Living Room, Bedroom and Office.

Bonus shot below: a view of the home during sunset as used in the Introduction to the iBook.

The Powers House

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting photos from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

Continuing along Alvarado Terrace: down from the Gilbert is the Powers Manse, complete with a Balcony and Loft Room only available via outside Staircase. In the 1990’s it was home to Salisbury Manor, a restaurant that allowed you to dine downstairs and tour a restored upstairs.