I just heard about the Walt Disney Birthplace House preservation project on the news and excitedly started digging around; only me and other homie nerds do things like this.
I was surprised to learn about a Kickstarter campaign to restore the home to its original state called The Walt Disney Birthplace Preservation Project announced this week on Walt’s birth date, December 5th.
Walt Disney’s father Elias was a carpenter and built the home located at 2156 North Tripp Avenue Chicago, IL. Walt was born on December 5, 1901 in the upstairs bedroom of the home and lived there until he was four years old. Interesting that Walt had three older siblings, Herbert and Raymond, his brother Roy Disney whom we all have heard of was 12 years older than himself, and a younger sister Ruth, two years younger than Walt.
A very in-depth history by Yesterland reveals Walt’s father, Elias, moved the family from Florida to Chicago to work on the construction of the Worlds Columbian Exposition of 1893. With this world fair background, Walt’s father no doubt influenced Walt Disney’s future dreams about a fairytale place come true like Disneyland.
To think it all began here. The home as it stands today was up for sale and sold this past June. It has been added to and changed from its original state by many owners. While the house was up for historical landmark consideration in Chicago, the owner at the time feared it would be hard to sell with all the stipulations. Continue Reading