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.

Steve Wallis on Harvard Heights

Long-time Harvard Heights resident Steve Wallis was my entry into the world of West Adams - I rented my first place in the neighborhood from him and as far as Untold LA goes he was instrumental in getting the word out about it when it was in its Kickstarter phase and beyond.

On today's post we see excerpts from Pages 223 to 232 of the iBook which focus on his beautiful craftsman home and includes his thoughts about the neighborhood; (above you can see Steve sitting on the porch of his home one fine Los Angeles evening).

Below, Steve and Eileen's home.

Below - a corridor on one side of the Wallis' house leads to a workshop dedicated to building restoration.

Below - the workshop and supply area.

Above, Steve restoring a home in Harvard Heights.