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.

The Alfred J. Salisbury House

[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.] 

Continuing on with the Hoover Street Victorians we've got the Alfred J. Salisbury House built in 1891 by Bradbeer and Ferris, the architects behind the Cockins.

Am such a fan of the image at the top of this post that I  used it as the cover and menu pages for the iBook; I love the fanciful Queen Anne Victorian styling, the sense of faded grandeur, the proximity to the street, (no seclusion or walled gardens here!), and of course the ubiquitous LA palm trees.