Charlotte and Robert Disney House
UPDATE: On November 23, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council voted in support of a nomination initiated by the Department of City Planning to list the Charlotte and Robert Disney House as a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM). To learn more, read the final staff report and recommendation. Thank you to Councilmember David Ryu's office for supporting the nomination!
This 1914 Craftsman house in Los Feliz, notable for its early association with Walt Disney, had been granted interim protection following the initiation of a proposed Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) designation by the Director of Planning. As a designated HCM, it now benefits from stricter protection from demolition and/or inappropriate alteration.
Notice of a demolition permit requested by the current owners triggered public outcry and prompted the office of Councilmember David Ryu, in whose district the house is located, to coordinate with the Office of Historic Resources and City Planning Department on the city-initiated designation process.
Although the house was identified as National Register-eligible through SurveyLA, no environmental review is required for the replacement project of another single-family home on the same site, making HCM designation the only way to project the house.
Located at 4406 Kingswell Avenue, the one-story bungalow is significant as the first home of Walt Disney in Los Angeles and the location of his first local animation work. The house was owned by Disney’s uncle, and Walt relocated to Los Angeles in 1923 and began his animation work in the garage while staying at this residence.