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.

Gramercy Park Mansion

I don't mind where my wife and I live right now, (a house full of 12 folks in Harvard Heights), but one thing we don't have is a rotunda. This house, (mansion??), in Gramercy Park not only has one a rotunda but all in all 12 rooms, including three full baths and up to 6 bedrooms, (according to the owner 'back in the day' one would never give the number of bedrooms upstairs as each room could be dedicated to a different use, studies or parlors for instance).  

The house is vast, (so big in fact that to capture the rotunda and rest of the house for the first image I had to take five separate photos and stitch them together). As always with the homes in West Adams the staircase is to die for.