Walt Disney's First L.A. Home May Be Torn Down
Walt Disney has reached a cultural peak in which everything he touched may be renowned as having historical significance. The Tam O' Shanter Inn in Atwater Village, for instance, is not only known for their prime rib, but also hailed as one of Disney's favorite lunch spots.
Well, what's more historical than Disney's first home in the Southland? In 1923 he was invited by his aunt and uncle to stay at their homey Craftsman bungalow on 4406 Kingswell Ave. in Los Feliz. Disney was hoping to become a film director and his brother, Roy, was already in Los Angeles getting treatment for tuberculosis. So, all in all, Disney liked the idea of moving from Kansas City to L.A. Disney later set up a makeshift animation studio in the garage of the Los Feliz home, and, well, you know the rest of the story.
According to LA Magazine, the home was sold by the Disneys in 1977, and now it has passed hands again...to new owners who have submitted on Friday a request to have the home demolished and replaced with a two-story home. This request comes in spite of the fact that SurveyLA—the Department of City Planning's preservation project—said in 2015 that the property was eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. It also noted that the garage was known as "the first Disney Studio."
It should be noted that the garage will be safe from harm. In 1982, there were talks of demolishing the structure but a group of Disney enthusiasts bought it and gifted it to the Stanley Ranch Museum & Historical Village, where it still stands today.
Right now, it's up to the city planning department to issue a permit for the demolition of Disney's first L.A. pad. Will it face some objection? You know it. A group has started an online petition that will be sent to the department and the National Register of Historic Places. And a Facebook group—"Save Walt Disney's first Studio from demolition"—was set up just today.
Here's a shot from inside the home:
Here's a video that, according to LA Magazine, shows the Disney clan hanging out on the lawn of their Los Feliz home: