Walt Disney’s first home – his family’s house on Tripp Ave. in Chicago – is for sale. This is where Walt spent the first four years of his life, before the family moved to Marceline, Missouri. Walt’s father built the house himself.
It’s been up for sale for several years and there are no takers. According to this story in today’s L. A. Times, preservationists are concerned it’ll be torn down as it lacks historic landmark designation. Situated in a predominantly Latino neighborhood, a city councilmen there (quoted in the article) considers Disney a racist. “Walt Disney was a bigot, and I’m not going to sit here on a panel and create a historical landmark for a bigot.” I hope someone at the Disney Studio will consider purchasing the place; the $179,000 asking price is probably less than the cost of craft services on the next Iron Man movie.