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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Epilogue - Scratching the Surface

[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 iPad Book is broken up into 11 main chapters, with each chapter focusing on a different neighborhood in the West Adams District; today we start off with the last chapter which focuses on some of the neighborhoods not seen earlier in the book. 

In the iBook each Chapter Heading Page contains a photo from the neighborhood, an interactive map that shows you where in West Adams the neighborhood is, links to relevant sites and a video, between 5 and 20 minutes long, where I talk about my reasons for shooting the neighborhood and give background information about the history of the homes and area.

In the embedded video below are some final thoughts on the project, recorded on the last day of shooting. 


North University 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.]

The iPad Book is broken up into 11 main chapters, with each chapter focusing on a different neighborhood in the West Adams District; today we start off with the chapter focused on North University Park.

In the iBook each Chapter Heading Page contains a photo from the neighborhood, an interactive map that shows you where in West Adams the neighborhood is, links to relevant sites and a video, between 5 and 20 minutes long, where I talk about my reasons for shooting the neighborhood and give background information about the history of the homes and area. 

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.]

The iPad Book is broken up into 11 main chapters, with each chapter focusing on a different neighborhood in the West Adams District; today we start off with the chapter focused on Country Club Park.

In the iBook each Chapter Heading Page contains a photo from the neighborhood, an interactive map that shows you where in West Adams the neighborhood is, links to relevant sites and a video, between 5 and 20 minutes long, where I talk about my reasons for shooting the neighborhood and give background information about the history of the homes and area. 

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.]

The iPad Book is broken up into 11 main chapters, with each chapter focusing on a different neighborhood in the West Adams District; today we start off with the chapter focused on Harvard Heights.

In the iBook each Chapter Heading Page contains a photo from the neighborhood, an interactive map that shows you where in West Adams the neighborhood is, links to relevant sites and a video, between 5 and 20 minutes long, where I talk about my reasons for shooting the neighborhood and give background information about the history of the homes and area. 

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.]

The iPad Book is broken up into 11 main chapters, with each chapter focusing on a different neighborhood in the West Adams District; today we start off with the chapter focused on the Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery.

In the iBook each Chapter Heading Page contains a photo from the neighborhood, an interactive map that shows you where in West Adams the neighborhood is, links to relevant sites and a video, between 5 and 20 minutes long, where I talk about my reasons for shooting the neighborhood and give background information about the history of the homes and area.

Below you can see how the photo and video above are integrated into the Chapter Heading along with the maps and links.


West Adams Boulevard

[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 iPad Book is broken up into 11 main chapters, with each chapter focusing on a different neighborhood in the West Adams District. On Page 154 we do something a little bit different - instead of staying in one neighborhood we 'drive down' West Adams Boulevard from East to West; with each page looking on a house along the way.

In the iBook each Chapter Heading page contains a photo from the neighborhood, an interactive map that shows you where in West Adams the neighborhood is, links to relevant sites and a video, between 5 and 20 minutes long, where I talk about my reasons for shooting the neighborhood and give background information about the history of the homes and area.

From the Chapter Introduction: "Where the West Adams District takes its name, West Adams Boulevard was the desired street to have a home on in the Los Angeles of the 1880's."

In the screen grab below from the Chapter Heading you can see West Adams as it was, portrayed in a postcard ;  you can watch the Chapter Video Introduction above.


Victoria 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.]

The iPad Book is broken up into 11 main chapters, with each chapter focusing on a different neighborhood in the West Adams District. On Page 121 it's Victoria Park's turn. 

Each Chapter Heading page contains a photo from the neighborhood, an interactive map that shows you where in West Adams the neighborhood is, links to relevant sites and a video, between 5 and 20 minutes long, where I talk about my reasons for shooting the neighborhood and give background information about the history of the homes and area.

From the Chapter Introduction: "In 1908 development started on this now semi-gated area, known not just for its gorgeous collection of fanciful homes but for being one of the few neighborhoods in Los Angeles where lots are not arranged on a straight grid plan."

In the screen grab below you can see a photo of the Hurd Residence built in 1910;  you can watch the Chapter Video Introduction above.