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.

Inside an Airplane Craftsman

[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.]

We end the Country Club Park Chapter with this Airplane Craftsman. Click the oral history audio clip below to hear owner Rani Bagai talk about restoring this 1909 home.

Photos in the gallery below taken when Rani movie in, circa 1987.

Looking towards the front of the home we see the Entrance Way Door, dominated by a large Porthole-style window.

Below you can see the Inglenook as it is today and the fireplace in 1988, covered in black paint that needed to be removed with a wire barbecue brush.

A view from the Inglenook with the Dining Room at left and Kitchen at right.