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Inside The 'Forgotten' Neighborhood In Los Angeles That's Filled With Historic Homes

The more interesting parts of a city tend to be the streets less-traveled, away from the tourist spots and office towers. Such is the case for West Adams, a "forgotten" district in Los Angeles that's filled with historic homes. Photographer Jett Loe came upon this neighborhood while searching for an affordable home back in 2012. Stunned by the incredible architecture (the area was once home to 19th-century millionaires and, later, early Hollywood movie stars) that often was left untouched, he set out to chronicle the houses -- and share the stories of the residents who called these stunning spaces home. The resulting blog, "Untold LA," showed the little-known side of a metropolitan area often characterized by strip malls and traffic jams. Now, the blog has become an ibook by the same name, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The main question on our minds was: What makes a neighborhood "forgotten"? When asked, Loe had this to say:

It's an area with one of the most amazing collections of Craftsman and Victorian homes in the entire U.S.A., yet has gone unnoticed by mainstream media for decades. I think the reason it's been 'forgotten' by the media is that the original wealthy owners moved out. Those with power and prestige left and formed places like Beverly Hills. The folks that moved in, and have preserved these homes in the beautiful state they are now, went unsung. In the 20th Century many in Los Angeles media collectively moved on to other stories, who cared about those old homes and neighborhoods? Now we recognize of course that West Adams contains an astonishing treasure of design and culture; I think the word is finally starting to get out!

Loe will be sharing an in-depth glimpse of the houses, people and history that makes this neighborhood special in a regular series for HuffPost Home. Until then, enjoy a preview of some of the amazing homes, or learn more about Loe's project in the video, above.

The Powers House, built in 1903
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The historic home is located on Alvarado Terrace, which was first deeded by pioneering Los Angeles vineyard owner and wine producer Matthew Keller in 1864. It's built in the Mission Revival style, yet its interior has a "great hall" that is normally seen in English country homes.
A Queen Anne Victorian home, built in 1891
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This property was named a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Landmark in 1981. It was designed by Bradbeer & Ferris, an architecture firm that was considered one of the finest of the era.
St. James Park Victorian, built in 1895
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Now used as USC Student Housing, this beautiful Victorian was designed and built by Dennis Burkhalter, the Superintendent of the Southern Pacific Railroad. (More student housing is under construction -- see the site to the left of this home.)
Ecung-Ibbetson House, built in 1899
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An unusual home that combines Romanesque and Victorian styles, originally built for a real estate developer.
A.E. Kelly residence, built in 1885
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This home was adapted from a mail order design by George Franklin Barber. Its most impressive feature? The fireplace...in each of the home's 10 bedrooms.
Tudor-Craftsman home, built in 1909
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The neighborhood doesn't only have sprawling Victorian homes -- there are also adorable cottages and bungalows.