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 Kinney-Everhardy 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 333 of the iBook, (Epilogue), we've got this 1902 Queen Anne and Shingle Style residence in Alvarado Terrace, known as the Kinney-Everhardy House; built for Abbot Kinney, the founder of Venice and Kinney Heights.

The Seaman 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 308, (North University Park Chapter), is the 1888 Queen Anne Seaman House by architect Joseph Cather Newsom, with Bird of Paradise in the foreground.  

Below: two additional photos of the home, as used in the iBook's Introduction.

A.E. Kelly Residence

[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 172 to 178 of the iBook's West Adams Boulevard Chapter we go inside the the A.E. Kelly Residence, built in 1885 based on a mail order design by George Franklin Barber.

A 4,400-square-foot Queen Anne Victorian the home has a fireplace in each of its 10 bedrooms!

Photographed in February of 2012 it's clear the Kelly needed some work. It has recently been purchased and renovated as housing for USC students.

In the Gallery below you can see the Second Floor in various states of repair.

Six Feet Under House, Kinney 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 all of them are online.]

As seen in the post The Real Life Homes of Neighbors West Adams provides ample location opportunities for movies and television. On Page 74 of the book we see the August Marquis residence, a 1904 Eastlake Queen Anne, which provided the funeral home headquarters for the protagonists of the TV show Six Feet Under.

Above is the photo used in the book, below is an unused shot.