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 1910 Hurd Residence

Today we look at the 1910 Hurd Residence. A vibrant example of Craftsman-Gothic this home is named after first resident Charles Hurd, a mortgage and investment banker from Nebraska whose company underwrote many of the residential homes surrounding Victoria Park

Above you see the home as it was in May of 2013, below as it was in May of 1912.

The front of the Hurd:

The Hurd main Entrance Way, circa 1912. Play the Panorama below it to see how unchanged it is today.

One of two Newel Post Lamps on the Main Staircase.

The current owners inhabit the Hurd simply, letting the Gothic interior dominate every space.

Two stained glass windows; one above the Living Room Fireplace, the other in the Dining Room.

The Dining Room circa 1912; notice the Chandelier which is still in use today as seen in the Gallery below.

The Chauffeur's Room in its original state and as it is in 2013, opened up with an entrance to a new Breakfast Nook.

We end with the the second Newel Post Lamp, on the Staircase Landing.