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.

Inside a Harvard Heights Craftsman

[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.]

As we continue on in the Harvard Heights Chapter we get to go inside a home - in this case a shingled 1912 Craftsman designed and built by architect William Polkinghorn for himself and his family.

Click on the gallery below to see inside the home, full of fine details and filled by the current owners with collectibles gathered from around the world.

Here's the rear of the Polkinghorn in which the unusual-for-the-area shingles can be more clearly seen.