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.

Western Heights

[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.]

The iPad Book is broken up into 11 main chapters, with each chapter focusing on a different neighborhood in the West Adams District. Here we see a 'screen grab' of the Chapter Heading page for the third chapter, Western Heights.

Each Chapter Heading page contains a photo from the neighborhood, an interactive map that shows you where in West Adams the neighborhood is, links to relevant sites and a video, between 5 and 20 minutes long, where I talk about my reasons for shooting the neighborhood and give background information about the history of the homes and area.

In the screen grab above you can see a photo of Wisteria on a Western Heights cottage built in 1922;  below you can watch the Chapter Video Introduction.

[Update: It looks like the link to the Western Heights Homeowners Association in the book Chapter Intro is no longer active; like 'apps' iBooks can be updated on a regular basis with no cost to the book owner - I'll fix the link the next time I update the book].