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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The End of the North University 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.] 

We end the North University Park Chapter with three photos: above, residents have created a sheltered space on an unbuilt lot. Below, a craftsman apartment building built in 1910, (though its chimneys were knocked down by the Northridge Earthquake the building itself is still occupied). Below that, a walk and run for the homeless down Hoover Street, (you can see another photo from the event here).

PS: here's a bonus photo below - this was an unused image of that Craftsman Apartment above; now that I'm looking at the photo after some time has passed since it was taken am thinking it might be better for the book than the image that's currently used - more drama with that Dutch Angle!


Los Angeles Apartment Courtyard with Moreton Bay Fig Tree

[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 shots from the book, page 307: "There are purpose built apartment buildings in North University Park, not just large homes divided. Here in St. James Park we see a courtyard connecting apartments on three sides."

Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery

[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 this page of the Angelus-Rosedale Chapter of the iBook we've got this shot of the Stratton Shrine; as evidenced by the the composition here and throughout the book am fascinated by the flora of Los Angeles.

Red Flowering Gum Tree

[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.]

Every chapter of the iBook ends with a full-bleed photo without caption. For the end of the West Adams Boulevard Chapter we have this Red Flowering Gum Tree.

I've taken repeated photos of this tree over the years and have never been quite happy with the pics - the iBook updates like an App so depending on which version of the Book you have you'll get a different photo! The one at top is from Version 1.0 and 1.7; below from Version 1.6.

Fabulous Moreton Bay Fig Tree Shelters the Ecung-Ibbetson 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.]

As you travel East to West past the A.E. Kelly Residence on Adams Boulevard you'll come cross this beautiful Moreton Bay Fig Tree seen on Page 179 of the iBook. It's sheltering an 1899 Richardsonian-Romanesque known as the Ecung-Ibbetson House.