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.

Wally Matsuura Oral History

[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 69-71 of the Kinney Heights Chapter we visit Wally Matsuura and friends. Every Saturday Wally, a Kinney Heights resident for over 70 years, hosts a salon for the neighborhood on his front porch. You can hear him talk about the salon, the neighborhood as it used to be and his family's experience with Internment Camps during World War 2 in the oral history audio clips below.

Wally relaxes with a glass of wine.