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.

Day of the Dead

[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 Pages 296-298 of the iBook we've got a glimpse of neighborhood actives in North University Park. Above: as part of Día de Muertos celebrations a theatre group performs at a local park. In this sketch a City Councilman is tormented by the ghosts of laws he voted for that hurt the immigrant community of Los Angeles.

Below: children in Día de Muertos makeup.

Below: Painting a symbolic tombstone.

Below: young dancers cross Hoover Street, (location of Alfred J. Salisbury House and other grand Victorians.)