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.

Some Illuminations

Enough of exteriors for a while, let's go inside and take a look at some of the beautiful preserved lighting in the homes of West Adams.

Lack of homeowner funds combined with benign neglect have created the fortuitous circumstance where we can appreciate so many aspects of these astonishing homes more than a hundred years after they were built, (which, let's face it, for California is saying something).