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.

Don Lynch 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 it is completely online.]

On Pages 101-105 of the Western Heights Chapter we hear from writer and local historian Don Lynch. Don was one of those folks who was invaluable to me when I was producing the iBook; am so thankful for the time he spent with me, sharing his stories of the neighborhood, its people and homes.

At the top is Don in a photo taken during the evening of our recording. Below you see the exterior of Don's 1910 Craftsman, the Living Room, Main Staircase and a detail of a Newel Post Lamp.

You can order a copy of the book Don co-authored on the history of West Adams by clicking: Images of America - West Adams.