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.


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. Here's Part 1, and Part 2.

At top is the Chandelier in the Dining Room, (possibly the most elaborate room in the Villa).

In the Gallery below you can have a view of the Dining Room and two closeups of the ornate Fireplace carvings.

I leave you today with the photo below of one of the Guasti's Newel Post Lamps; it seems there's nothing in the Villa that's not hand made and assertive of wealth and status.