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 Amazing Clark Library, Part 1 of 3

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

On Pages 75-87 of the Kinney Heights Chapter we look at the amazing Clark Library. Designed in 1926 by architect Robert Farquhar in the Renaissance Revial style, the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library is run by UCLA and occupies an entire block of Kinney Heights.

Above you can see one of the outdoor seating areas in the Clark; below is the front exterior - you may notice a slight moiré pattern in the photo below, one of only two instances of this in the Book, brought about by the repetitive use of bricks in the facade and absence of an anti-aliasing filter in the X-Pro 1 Camera used to shoot Untold LA

Below are some more photos of the Clark, including a closer look at the statues found on the grounds. Over the next two days we'll go inside the Library and as well as take a look at a production of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windemere's Fan staged there.