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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One of My Favorites

This home is one of my favorites.


One word, (kinda):


Sure it produces almost no illumination and probably was responsible for god-knows-how-many fires. But it conjures up a slower time, if not simpler. Illusion of course, the seductiveness of nostalgia.

Sheltered by Tree and Fountain

Special thanks must go to the owners of this home. They were one of the earliest supporters of the Untold LA Kickstarter; their generosity indicated right away that there was viable support for the project in the community.

And they've got a great fireplace. So that right there counts for something.

As well as a tranquil breakfast nook the house features the gentle fountain in the backyard. One of the best things for me about this project is seeing the little oases that people carve out for themselves in the big city.

To Kitsch or Not To Kitsch, An Interesting Fireplace in an Inviting Craftsman

Am fascinated by the fireplaces in West Adams homes. One could do a whole book on them alone. 

While the fireplace does dominate with its unusual nature the rest of the downstairs is able to maintain an open and inviting feeling.