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: in the movies

John C. Harrison 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 293 of the iBook we've got a mini-gallery of the John C. Harrison House.

Built in 1893 in the Queen Anne style the Harrison is nestled in a neighborhood of apartment buildings, other Victorians and Craftsman homes. In the photo above you can clearly see how the home has been carved up into different apartments - probably for housing catering to students at nearby USC.

In the photo below you see another view of the Harrison; and that's a Craftsman at right designed by John C. Austin - currently being used as the home of one of the protagonists in the television show How to Get Way with Murder. To see the other West Adams homes in movies and TV click here.


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.


1905 Transitional Craftsman

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Right next door to Dan Hakes' is this home built around 1905 which was moved to Western Heights from another West Adams neighborhood in the 1920's. As in Dan's case this home was featured in the film Neighbors, though as Seth Rogen's home not as a Frat, (you can see a frame grab from the film trailer below which shows this home as well as Dan's).


1907 Craftsman with Victorian Touches aka The Neighbors Movie Frat 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.]

Pages 109-111 of the Western Heights Chapter showcases the home of Dan Hakes. When family needs required a larger home he was lucky to find this 1907 Craftsman with Victorian touches. It's also the home used as Zac Efron's Frat in the new film Neighbors - you can read the post about it here:

THE REAL LIFE HOMES OF NEIGHBORS

Dan was gracious enough to let me record some of his thoughts about the neighborhood:

You can hear more of Dan earlier in the Western Heights Chapter and in the Introduction to the Book:

WESTERN HEIGHTS ORAL HISTORIES

RESIDENT DAN HAKES ON THE UNTOLD STORY OF WEST ADAMS

Almost all of the original interior details of the home are gone. The stained glass window you see below is one of the few that remain.

Dan is in the process of sprucing up the house - here you see the backyard, ripe for reinvention.

Finally we see the attic, which, when the house was purchased, came with this tub, mirrors, and other items. Below the photo you'll hear what Dan has to say about this special room.

Ordinary Block in Western Heights

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This is one of my favorites from the book: on Page 93 we see a typical block in Western Heights.

For film fans: The green house to the right of the impressive palm tree was used as the frat in the Seth Rogen / Zac Efron movie Neighbors:

The Real Life Homes of Neighbors

West Adams in the Movies: TRANSFORMERS

[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.]

On page 89 of the Kinney Heights Chapter we see this Craftsman which took a lot of fictional abuse as the home of Shia LaBeouf in the Transformers films.

The rear shot of the home is one of my favorites in the book; I love the lazy, languid hose laying in the pool.