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.

Henry Jensen Home in Harvard Heights

[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.]

In the Harvard Heights Chapter, pages 242-249, we have the Henry Jensen home. Built in 1909 by LA movie theatre magnate Jensen the home is a collision of styles; note the paired classical columns and closed second story porch in the photo above.

Opening the front door we see one of the Jensen's many brick fireplaces amongst other things.

Original fixtures can be found in every room.

We descend towards the home's unique basement with hits hand-painted tapestried walls and elegant tiles.

Other aspects of the Jensen: a sitting room just off the main living room; you'll find original stained glass throughout the home.