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.

Irene and Bob Grant

[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 all of them are online.]

At the heart of the Van Buren Place Chapter is the oral history audio section with 40 year West Adams home owners Irene and Bob Grant.

They very graciously let me into their home to talk about their lives and neighborhood history. You can hear the audio clips used in the Book below.

Irene and Bob's home in Van Buren Place

A bit of Hollywood, stained glass windows installed by the producers of Kiss the Girls

Sidewalk outside of Irene and Bob's.