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!


North University Park - Produce Truck

[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.] 

The photo above continues the iBook tradition of including the people of West Adams in addition to the homes; above the operator of a produce truck, a common site in the North University Park neighborhood. You can see its exterior below in a photo not used in the book.

The Richard H. Alexander 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.] 

Near Bonsallo Avenue is the Richard H. Alexander Home, an Eastlake Victorian built circa 1888.

Above: the downstairs Hallway of the Alexander is the spine of the home.

Below: the Main Living Room, to the left of the downstairs Hallway.

In the audio clip below Art Sencion, the owner of the home, talks about the properties in the West Adams District.

Below: the Dining Room, to the right of the Hallway past the Main Staircase.

Below: one of the Victorian's four Fireplaces.

Below: 1) Art Sencion sitting in the Main Living Room. 2) In the Hallway looking towards the front of the home.

Day of the Dead

[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 296-298 of the iBook we've got a glimpse of neighborhood actives in North University Park. Above: as part of Día de Muertos celebrations a theatre group performs at a local park. In this sketch a City Councilman is tormented by the ghosts of laws he voted for that hurt the immigrant community of Los Angeles.

Below: children in Día de Muertos makeup.

Below: Painting a symbolic tombstone.

Below: young dancers cross Hoover Street, (location of Alfred J. Salisbury House and other grand Victorians.)

The Cockins 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.]

Across the street from the Forthman House on Hoover Street is the Cockins; an entertaining Victorian with Queen Anne styling and some dramatic angeles.

Today's bonus photo is the image below. As Hoover Street is a main artery leading towards USC it can be difficult to photograph the homes without automobiles clogging the view, so I scheduled my shoot day with the Cockins, Forthman and Salisbury at a time when Hoover was closed off to traffic due to a walk/run for the homeless.

Hoover is often used for this kind of purpose; in the photo below we see some of the 12,000 people who walked and ran down Hoover for Homewalk 2013, raising money for the homeless in Los Angeles County.

The Horatio Cogswell House - Country Club Park

[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 we go inside the Horatio Cogswell House built in 1911 in the Craftsman style with a hint of Swiss Chalet. You can see the exterior below, (above the Living Room paneled in redwood).

Commissioned by Horatio Cogswell, a teacher at the old College of Music at 30th and Figueroa, the home comes with a raised performance platform just off the Living Room.

Below you see a band performing on the platform during a social gathering. 

Here's a nice little shot of the Dining Room; as with the rest of the house it is stocked with period antiques.

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.