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.

1909 Cottage

[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.]

Pages 115 though 120 of the Western Heights Chapter feature Dan Hakes' original home in Western Heights. Built in 1909 and recently bought by a young couple the 1,800 square foot cottage is an unusual conflux of sharp angles and rounded elements; a sort of Tudor-Craftsman? Craftsman-Tudor? You decide.

In the three images below you see that rather than fill the house with clutter the new owners have left the it sparse, letting one appreciate the home's plan.

In this gallery is the living room, fireplace and dining room, complete with several pooches.