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 Seaman House - 1887 West Adams Los Angeles Victorian

The Seaman House was the home that frustrated me the most during the two years of shooting the Untold LA iPad Book. I kept returning to it, at different times of day, different seasons, trying to capture the original feeling of amazement I felt when I first saw it.

This lonesome Queen Anne - Eastlake Victorian in St. James Park, all on its own, surrounded by greenery reminded me of what it was liker to be a child, when the whole word was mysterious and strange; a kind of 'fairies in the garden' kind of thing. 

I felt I never quite captured it photographically, and so arguably weaseled out by including two different photos in the book - one taken during the day, the other late at night. You can see those in the gallery above. Below are shots I never included in the book as well as how the home is presented in the Introduction on Page 11.