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.

A.E. Kelly Residence

[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 172 to 178 of the iBook's West Adams Boulevard Chapter we go inside the the A.E. Kelly Residence, built in 1885 based on a mail order design by George Franklin Barber.

A 4,400-square-foot Queen Anne Victorian the home has a fireplace in each of its 10 bedrooms!

Photographed in February of 2012 it's clear the Kelly needed some work. It has recently been purchased and renovated as housing for USC students.

In the Gallery below you can see the Second Floor in various states of repair.