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 Homes of Architect Frank Tyler

[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.]

Architect Frank Tyler designed many homes in West Adams, often variations on a similar design, you can see one above in Harvard Heights.

Since we have such a fine Tyler used as the Chapter photo-background thought this would be a good placed to show a variety of Tyler's in the District.

On page Page 33 we see another shot of this Chapter front-piece home, a 1910 Frank Tyler which I refer to as a "classic example of West Adams grandeur." I mean it, these homes, though built from similar plans, all have a playful exuberance you don't see in mass-produced houses today. 

On the following two pages in the Book we go inside the 1910 Frank Tyler to see the living room hutch with built-in lighting features and see five other Frank Tylers built in West Adams. You can see those photos below as well as how the images are used in the iPad Book.