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.

The Horatio Cogswell House - Country Club Park

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting photos from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

Today we go inside the Horatio Cogswell House built in 1911 in the Craftsman style with a hint of Swiss Chalet. You can see the exterior below, (above the Living Room paneled in redwood).

Commissioned by Horatio Cogswell, a teacher at the old College of Music at 30th and Figueroa, the home comes with a raised performance platform just off the Living Room.

Below you see a band performing on the platform during a social gathering. 

Here's a nice little shot of the Dining Room; as with the rest of the house it is stocked with period antiques.