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.

Second Church of Christ, Scientist / Art of Living Center

[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 164 to 171 of the West Adams Boulevard Chapter we visit the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, of Los Angeles, designed by Alfred H. Rosenheim in 1910 and now owned by the Art of Living Foundation. Its 25,000 square feet is considered Beaux Arts with a touch of Italian-Renaissance. Below you can see the Church exterior in a postcard from the first half of the 20th Century.

The building as it is today.

Inside the building you climb stairs from the low-ceilinged Foyer into the main space, topped with by a 1,400 ton copper dome, (the second photo in the gallery below is a collage of 26 photos, hence it's unusual proportions).

Looking away from the rear towards the front of the building we get a closer look at the building's pews.

Finally we get another glimpse of the building, this time from neighboring Portland Street, with USC student housing in the foreground.