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.

Filtering by Tag: Victoria Park Chapter

[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.]

The Victoria Park Chapter comes to an end on Page 153 of the iBook with this shot of a local neighborhood sign; a little moment of repose before we dive into the largest chapter tomorrow: West Adams Boulevard.

1911 Craftsman in Victoria Park

[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 141 to 152 of the iBook we have the Holmes-Shannon House, a Craftsman built in 1911. Below you can see the interior of the home and hear current owner Urik Theer's thoughts about the space, recorded one afternoon in the Dining Room.


CicLAVia

[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.]

In every chapter of the Book I try to give a little glimpse of the people of LA. Here on Page 140 of the Victoria Park Chapter we've got a couple of shots of CicLAVia, Los Angeles' regular 'closed road' communal bike ride, seen in April of 2013.

In the shot above you have Victoria Park on the right with the historic West Boulevard Bridge at top; the photo below is taken from that Bridge with Victoria Park on the left.

A Neighborhood Pariah

[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.]

One of my favorite photos from the project: a rare sighting of Modern Architecture in West Adams. According to the current owner this 1909 home was such a pariah in Victoria Park due to its design that for years people refused to build near it!

West Adams in the Movies - The Insidious 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 138 of the iBook we have this strikingly painted home which became not just the setting for the 2010 horror film Insidious but featured prominently in its marketing campaign.

Renting out your home to the pictures - always a nice little earner for home owners in West Adams. You can see more examples of West Adams in movies and TV here.


The 1910 Hurd Residence

Today we look at the 1910 Hurd Residence. A vibrant example of Craftsman-Gothic this home is named after first resident Charles Hurd, a mortgage and investment banker from Nebraska whose company underwrote many of the residential homes surrounding Victoria Park

Above you see the home as it was in May of 2013, below as it was in May of 1912.

The front of the Hurd:

The Hurd main Entrance Way, circa 1912. Play the Panorama below it to see how unchanged it is today.

One of two Newel Post Lamps on the Main Staircase.

The current owners inhabit the Hurd simply, letting the Gothic interior dominate every space.

Two stained glass windows; one above the Living Room Fireplace, the other in the Dining Room.

The Dining Room circa 1912; notice the Chandelier which is still in use today as seen in the Gallery below.

The Chauffeur's Room in its original state and as it is in 2013, opened up with an entrance to a new Breakfast Nook.

We end with the the second Newel Post Lamp, on the Staircase Landing.