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.