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 3 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.]

Continuing on from the last two posts, (Part 1, Part 2), today we finish our look at UCLA's Clark Library with some shots of the Chalk Repertory Theatre performing Oscar Wilde's Lady Windemere's Fan, (the Clark has one of the world's great collections of Wilde material).

In every chapter of the book I tried to capture some of the life of West Adams - wasn't interested in an 'Architectural Digest' presentation of the buildings - wanted to see them warts and all - and people and all! Hence these photos from Lady Windemere, staged on the grounds of the Clark; above you can see an actress preparing to go on. Below some more photos taken during a production:

The Clark section of the Kinney Heights Chapter ends with the two photos below: the rear of the Clark and one of my favorite photos from the book, a view of Gramercy Park as seen from behind the walls of the Library.

The Clark personifies much of my West Adams experience so far - in the sense that it's a prominent example of a beautiful structure and resource in the area that is so unknown to so many.