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.

Let's Go Inside

And now we go inside the multi-columned home seen previously. Am a huge fan of the relaxed vibe of the place. We get dogs lounging, kid's toys dotted around, and above all fabulous transitional-Craftsman decor throughout, (again I sound like some sort of desperate realtor...sigh).

There's a fantastic brick fireplace in the downstairs cellar. Once it gets colder I'll ask the owners of the house to fire it up and will take some snaps.

I'll leave you with a small detail from the back porch. Even in decay, (especially in decay?), the simple and elegant lines of Craftsman design work well.