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.

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USC Student Housing

[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've seen in other parts of the North University Chapter many homes in the neighborhood have been adapted for USC student living. Above we see a Craftsman that's been revamped to allow for multiple tenants.

Below we go inside a Craftsman apartment to see USC students studying for exams; notice the built-in hutch in the background.

John C. Harrison 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.] 

On Page 293 of the iBook we've got a mini-gallery of the John C. Harrison House.

Built in 1893 in the Queen Anne style the Harrison is nestled in a neighborhood of apartment buildings, other Victorians and Craftsman homes. In the photo above you can clearly see how the home has been carved up into different apartments - probably for housing catering to students at nearby USC.

In the photo below you see another view of the Harrison; and that's a Craftsman at right designed by John C. Austin - currently being used as the home of one of the protagonists in the television show How to Get Way with Murder. To see the other West Adams homes in movies and TV click here.


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.

The Cockins 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.]

Across the street from the Forthman House on Hoover Street is the Cockins; an entertaining Victorian with Queen Anne styling and some dramatic angeles.

Today's bonus photo is the image below. As Hoover Street is a main artery leading towards USC it can be difficult to photograph the homes without automobiles clogging the view, so I scheduled my shoot day with the Cockins, Forthman and Salisbury at a time when Hoover was closed off to traffic due to a walk/run for the homeless.

Hoover is often used for this kind of purpose; in the photo below we see some of the 12,000 people who walked and ran down Hoover for Homewalk 2013, raising money for the homeless in Los Angeles County.

The Forthman 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.]

Hoover Street, a main artery that leads to the University of Southern California, is home to several large Victorians. Seen here is the Forthman House, built in the 1880s with Italianate touches. It was moved from nearby 18th Street to its current location by USC.