Save the Home Where Walt Disney Founded His First Studio from Demolition

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Save the Home Where Walt Disney Founded His First Studio from Demolition

This petition had 11,199 supporters

Joel Payne started this petition to National Register of Historic Places and

New owners have requested a demolition permit for Walt Disney’s first home in California. The well-preserved 1914 Craftsman bungalow at 4406 Kingswell Avenue in Los Feliz belonged to Walt’s aunt Charlotte and uncle Robert Disney, who in July of 1923 invited their young nephew to board in their home (at a rate of $5 per week) as he pursued his dream of becoming a film director. The 2-bedroom, 1458 square-foot home would stay in the Disney family for 50 years. When the family sold it in 1977 they described it as having “lots of wood trim, fireplace & cheery breakfast room.” The home exhibits tremendous architectural integrity, with the same porch, gables, shingles, windows, and beveled glass door that greeted 22-year-old Walt Disney.

According to the Los Angeles County Assessor the property was sold two months ago to Sang Ho and Krystal Yoo of Studio City who submitted plans on Friday for a new 2-story, 1 or 2-family home they plan to build on the site. In November, the City of Los Angeles Survey L.A. program declared the property eligible for the National Register of Historic Places for it’s role as Walt Disney’s first studio in California. The same city planning department is now considering issuing a permit for its destruction.

 

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This petition had 11,199 supporters