Walt Disney famously started his world conquering film studio in a humble Los Feliz garage. It was 1923 and Disney had just moved to Los Angeles from Kansas City. He was staying with his uncle Robert and aunt Charlotte in a small two-bedroom bungalow on Kingswell Avenue and constructed an animator’s table in the garage behind the house.
Now, as LA Magazine reports, that little bungalow may be going the way of Bambi’s mother. Documents filed with Building and Safety show the house’s current owners have requested a permit to demolish the 1,458-square-foot-home. They’re also seeking a building permit for a new one- or two-family residence.
Property records show the home was sold in May for $750,000. That’s only a little less it was asking when it hit the market in 2009 with a $769,000 price tag and a listing description informing buyers that, “walt desney used live here when he first move in califoria.”
Given the home’s clear historical significance (Walt’s brother and longtime Disney CEO Roy Disney was also married there in 1925), it seems likely the demolition will encounter a fair bit of resistance before it’s finally approved or denied. Last year, Survey LA identified the property as a significant cultural and historical resource.
Meanwhile, the building that housed Disney’s first real studio still stands just down the road. It’s home to a skateboard store and a copy shop these days.
As for the garage where Disney created his first animated shorts? It’s in little danger from the wrecking ball. The structure was auctioned off in 1982 for $8,500 to a group of ragtag individuals calling themselves the Friends of Walt Disney. They later donated the garage to the Stanley Ranch Museum in Garden Grove, where it still stands today.