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.

Antique Interior

You see this right here is why I haven't released Untold LA yet. Originally I had planned to only shoot for two months. Two months! But everyday I keep stumbling over finds like this.

Now admittedly this photo is one of the first ones I took for Untold LA but I'm tellin' ya I see stuff like this every week - it's an embarrassment of riches over here! As for the photo above, it's from the Henry Jensen home in Harvard Heights. Jensen built some of the earliest move theatres here in LA and his theatrical influence is palpable throughout the home.