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.

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.