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.

A Queen Anne Victorian fit for the Addams Family

Yes, it's the A.E. Kelly Residence on Adams Blvd, built Queen Anne Victorian style in 1885. Like many of the homes in West Adams the style is all over the place which is what I like about it - it's a production designers dream and reminds me the work of the late, great Charles Addams...and it's  on Adams Blvd.

See what I did there?


Ok, I'll just stick to the picture taking.