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.

1907 Craftsman with Victorian Touches aka The Neighbors Movie Frat House

[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.]

Pages 109-111 of the Western Heights Chapter showcases the home of Dan Hakes. When family needs required a larger home he was lucky to find this 1907 Craftsman with Victorian touches. It's also the home used as Zac Efron's Frat in the new film Neighbors - you can read the post about it here:

THE REAL LIFE HOMES OF NEIGHBORS

Dan was gracious enough to let me record some of his thoughts about the neighborhood:

You can hear more of Dan earlier in the Western Heights Chapter and in the Introduction to the Book:

WESTERN HEIGHTS ORAL HISTORIES

RESIDENT DAN HAKES ON THE UNTOLD STORY OF WEST ADAMS

Almost all of the original interior details of the home are gone. The stained glass window you see below is one of the few that remain.

Dan is in the process of sprucing up the house - here you see the backyard, ripe for reinvention.

Finally we see the attic, which, when the house was purchased, came with this tub, mirrors, and other items. Below the photo you'll hear what Dan has to say about this special room.