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 Oral Histories

[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 it is completely online.]

Though Untold LA is primarily a book of photos there are also over 70 oral history audio recordings embedded in various sections. Below you can hear the two audio clips that are included on Page 94. First up are thoughts on Western Heights by long-time resident Gisele Sanchez Rochet, (that's her wisteria draped cottage you see at the top of this post):

Next up is this clip from Dan Hakes, who's lived in two different homes in Western Heights, (and currently lives in the house used as Zac Efron's Frat in the film Neighbors).  Below he talks about  he initially encountered West Adams:

There are 6 more oral history audio clips in the Western Heights Chapter - I'll be posting them in the coming days.