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.

Along Venice Boulevard

[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.]

In the Harvard Heights Chapter we see a little bit of Venice Boulevard which cuts through it East to West. There's a lot of businesses on and just off Venice; above you see a common sight: an ad hoc eatery folded in between two homes. At this one a woman prepares traditional Salvadoran pupusas

Below are other views of Venice Boulvard; I love that people adapt the old homes into businesses - and check out that great mural with the kick ass 'internet' logos!