Where Walt Disney First Lived in Los Angeles
Where Walt Disney First Lived in Los Angeles

Some sad news about the house Walt Disney first called home in California, it is set to be demolished which is also the birthplace of the first animation studio in Los Angeles.

The house is located one block east of Vermont in Los Feliz, 4406 Kingswell Avenue and was built in 1914. Walt first moved to California in July of 1923 into his Uncle Robert Disney’s house for only $5 dollars per week in rent.

The new owners Sang Ho and Krystal Yoo of Studio City submitted plans on Friday for a new 2-story, 1 or 2-family home they plan to build on the site, they just filed for a demolition permit. Most likely oblivious to the history this house has. The trees and surrounding foliage have been removed already.

The City of Los Angeles Survey L.A. program declared the property eligible for the National Register of Historic Places in November 2015 for it’s role as Walt Disney’s very first studio in California however the same City Planning department is now considering issuing a permit for its demolition.

In accordance with the city’s recognition of its historical significance, a movement is already taking place to save the house from destruction. The original one car garage that was Walt’s first studio was removed from the property several years ago and is now located on a lot in Orange county.

Talk is of trying to save the original site or relocate the house to another site. It is significant that the original site be preserved since the other original site of Walt’s first official studio was located one block west in the building at Kingswell and Vermont. That unit is now a copy shop.

Here is a home video taken in front of the house.

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18 Comments

  1. July 21, 2016 at 4:11 pm — Reply

    You’d think that Disney would own that place.

  2. July 21, 2016 at 4:18 pm — Reply

    “The new owners Sang Ho and Krystal Yoo of Studio City submitted plans on Friday for a new 2-story, 1 or 2-family home they plan to build on the site, they just filed for a demolition permit. Most likely oblivious to the history this house has.”

  3. July 21, 2016 at 4:21 pm — Reply

    Aside from the historical significance , that’s a beautiful little CA bungalow. I didn’t read the article yet , but I suppose the reason they want to tear it down is to put a much larger structure on the property (?) Probably one of those faux Italian-style McMansions that doesn’t proportionally fit on the property .

  4. July 21, 2016 at 5:37 pm — Reply

    No!
    We must petition for this!

  5. July 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm — Reply

    I guess they found rats

  6. July 21, 2016 at 6:18 pm — Reply

    :'(

  7. July 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm — Reply

    What are they going to put in its place? Another Frozen themed house?

  8. July 21, 2016 at 6:46 pm — Reply

    The Disney Company could easily purchase the house, move it their park property in Anaheim and open it as a living museum. People would definitely want to visit where Walt once lived.

  9. July 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm — Reply

    There is a petition on change.org to stop the demolition. On my phone so don’t have a link, just go to the website and search for it.

  10. July 21, 2016 at 10:04 pm — Reply

    How come this has to be destroyed? There are PLENTY of acres for w/e they need. This should just be displayed or bought by someone else. Idk, what is the demolition for?

  11. July 21, 2016 at 10:43 pm — Reply

    No more f…ing respect.

  12. July 22, 2016 at 3:25 am — Reply

    It would be cool if they could relocate the house.

  13. July 22, 2016 at 6:29 am — Reply

    That’s sad it’s not going to be preserved as it is a historical piece of architecture

  14. July 22, 2016 at 8:30 am — Reply

    Sad.

  15. July 22, 2016 at 8:51 am — Reply

    Nada M. Yousri

  16. July 22, 2016 at 3:02 pm — Reply

    Wow. No respect.

  17. August 12, 2016 at 9:49 pm — Reply

    it’s sad

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