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.

Los Angeles Street Car Oral History

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting pages from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until it is completely online.]

On Page 18 of the Introduction we have an oral history audio clip from Pat Leonard who lived in Los Angeles in the 1930s. In the clip she talks about what it was like to take the streetcar from her home in Victoria Park to Downtown Los Angeles. I wanted to provide a real-world example of what I mentioned in the Introduction Video, that West Adams was the original 'street car suburb' of LA.

You can hear Pat by playing the clip below, the image above is from an early 20th Century postcard featuring the streetcar depot; the second image in the Gallery is how the postcard and audio clip is used in the book