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.

Engine House No. 18

[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 Page 181 of the iBook we visit Engine House No. 18 designed by John Parkinson just off the corner of West Adams Boulevard and Western. I love the Mission Revival Style that's going on here - possibly because I was so influenced as a child by Jan Domela's matte paintings of the Mission in Hitchcock's Vertigo, (see the frame grabs below); the Mission Style became imprinted on my young mind as symbolic for the mysterious, the unknown, possibility of death and rebirth and so on - how appropriate for a firehouse!