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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1906 Craftsman Home

[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 Harvard Heights Chapter with this beautifully proportioned 1906 craftsman.

The interior has been fully restored, (on ongoing weekend project for the owners for many years).

Above and below we have clearer view of the home's striking fireplace.

The last photo of the chapter is below; still-working gaslight!

More Homes of Harvard Heights

[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 near the end of the Harvard Heights Chapter wanted to include more of the vivacious homes of the neighborhood, (see an earlier gallery of homes here and check out the interior of some Craftsmans here and here).

As a bonus here's a shot of Harvard Heights' Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Go to the Cathedral's website to see some of its magnificent interior.

An Evening Class of Wine in Harvard Heights

[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 seen in the below posts I tried to include a flavor of life in West Adams by photographing people in addition to homes for the book:

RELAXING ON A HARVARD HEIGHTS PORCH

ALONG VENICE BOULEVARD

SYNCHRONICITY

In the photo above you see a few folks enjoying themselves in the middle of the Harvard Heights Home and Wine Tour. I found the whole affair quite civilizing; who doesn't want to meander through beautiful homes in West Adams, a class of wine in hand, under the Southern California evening sun?

Another shot of the tour is including in the book; see the 'screen grab' from the iBook Introduction below.



Craftsman Stained Glass

[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.]

Today's shot from Harvard Heights: light through an eight-foot-by-eight-foot stained glass window in illuminates the Wilson House, a 1911 Craftsman.

Restoring a Harvard Heights Craftsman

[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 251-252 of the Book, (Harvard Heights Chapter), we see this 1907 Craftsman currently undergoing a restoration. It was bought by the current occupants in 1984. In the photo below you can see the home as it was in the 1980's.

Distinctive brickwork with a hand-crafted aesthetic is a hallmark of the home. Am especially fond of the chimney seen on the photo on the right! 



Henry Jensen Home in Harvard Heights

[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 the Harvard Heights Chapter, pages 242-249, we have the Henry Jensen home. Built in 1909 by LA movie theatre magnate Jensen the home is a collision of styles; note the paired classical columns and closed second story porch in the photo above.

Opening the front door we see one of the Jensen's many brick fireplaces amongst other things.

Original fixtures can be found in every room.

We descend towards the home's unique basement with hits hand-painted tapestried walls and elegant tiles.

Other aspects of the Jensen: a sitting room just off the main living room; you'll find original stained glass throughout the home.