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 Guasti Villa

Over the next few days I'll be posting images and oral history audio clips from pages 186-197 of the iBook, focusing on the Guasti Villa.

The Guasti, built between 1910 and 1914, is a Beaux Arts, Italian Renaissance Revival villa restored by the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness and is home to the group’s Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens.  Below and over the next several days you can hear Carol Jones, Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens Program Director, talk about the history of the building.

Pictured at top the Grand Ballroom or Foyer, the first room you encounter after entering through the door seen below.

Above you can see the exterior of the Guasti on a postcard, date unknown.