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 Book is Done - Here's What Happens Next

The 1891 Alfred J. Salisbury House, on Hoover Street, North University Park.


Hey there Untold LA supporters, the iPad Book is done! It's been uploaded to Apple for processing and the initial version should be live on the iTunes Store within a couple of weeks. Once it's live I'll immediately update it with a version that contains a link within the book itself to the iTunes Store listing; the idea being that people will be able to click a link in the book that takes them to the Untold LA listing, allowing them to directly rate, review or recommend the book; this is vital to help spread the word about the project.

Once this version is live on the store I'll send out a link to the book to all the folks who've signed up on the mailing list wanting to be informed when it's published as well as sending a link to all the eligible Kickstarter supporters to get their free version of the book.

The next step, which should take place in April, is to print out a small coffee table paper book version of selected photos for the four Kickstarter supporters who wanted that as a reward.

Additionally, starting in April, I'll 'break the book apart' and publish a page a day from it during the week on this blog so that the material will be free for everyone and not locked away just for folks who have an iPad or Mac computer.

Thanks as always to everyone for their support and patience. I think the finished project is beautiful; over 360 pages, 500 photos, 70 oral history audio clips from West Adams residents and two hours of behind-the-scenes-video commentary - whew!