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.

5 Hidden Gems of Historic West Adams Los Angeles

There's so much beauty to chose from in the forgotten West Adams District of Los Angeles thought I'd narrow it down today and highlight today five of my favorite 'hidden gems' from the Book that anyone can visit.

1) The Clark Library: free to visit; go to the website to make an appointment. Fantastic collection of Oscar Wilde materials, incredible interiors and peaceful grounds to stroll around in.

2) The Angelus Rosedale Cemetery: The first cemetery in Los Angeles open to all races and creeds. Don't miss the West Adams Heritage Association's Living History Tour!

3) If you find yourself near USC walk around the North University Park area. Plenty of beautiful Victorians like the 1891 Cockins House.

4) Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens at the Guasti Mansion. The former home of Wine magnate Secudo Guasti the rear of the mansion is now a garden and stone labyrinth open to the public. 

5) The Second Church of Christ now Art of Living Center: Home to a 1,400-ton copper dome this impressive building, formerly a Christian Science Church is now home to a mediation practice.