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 10 Freeway - Plowing Through West Adams

[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.]

Following on from the previous page in the Introduction which highlights the now dismantled street car system in Los Angeles, Page 19 shows us our first view of The 10. A massive, at times 14 lane, freeway that plowed through the heart of West Adams, from East to West. The result was whole neighborhoods being destroyed, included the famous Berkeley Square.

Below you can see how the photo looks framed and captioned in the iBook.