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 Cockins House

[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.]

Across the street from the Forthman House on Hoover Street is the Cockins; an entertaining Victorian with Queen Anne styling and some dramatic angeles.

Today's bonus photo is the image below. As Hoover Street is a main artery leading towards USC it can be difficult to photograph the homes without automobiles clogging the view, so I scheduled my shoot day with the Cockins, Forthman and Salisbury at a time when Hoover was closed off to traffic due to a walk/run for the homeless.

Hoover is often used for this kind of purpose; in the photo below we see some of the 12,000 people who walked and ran down Hoover for Homewalk 2013, raising money for the homeless in Los Angeles County.