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: back in the day

The Stimson 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 Pages 156 and 157 we're at the east end of West Adams Boulevard, on Figueroa, and take a gander at the Richardsonian Romanesque Stimson House. Above is the main entrance seen from the west; below a photo taken on another day, seen from the north.

The Stimson is also seen in the Introduction to the Book, with an oral history reminiscence by Van Buren Place resident Irene Grant.

For extra fun see the image below - an old postcard of the Stimson, date unknown.

Victoria Park Street

[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.]

Above is a typical house on a curved Victoria Park street. You can see the home above in the photo below circled in blue, from a photograph circa 1918. Notice in the archive photo the short stature of the Palm Trees in Victoria Park as well as across the street in La Fayette Square.

American Four Square

[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.]

From Page 50: Van Buren Place founder Percy H. Clark lived in this 3,000 square-foot American Four Square built in 1903. The current owners bought the house around 1987, you can see it around that time in the photo below.

Apparently the previous owners, in an attempt to help sell the house, painted the home a shade of turquoise. Alarmed at the negative reaction the bright color was getting from prospective buyers the owners mixed in gray to the paint resulting in what the current occupant calls a "gone-wrong Cape Cod."