Do you have a Disney Bucket List? So far we’ve managed to visit both North American parks, we’ve taken a Disney cruise, attended a Disney press event (and saw John Lasseter), and now we have been able to add a special item to our list. Walt’s birthplace!
We just visited the birthplace of Walt Disney at 2156 N. Tripp Ave. in Chicago, IL:
Corner of N. Tripp Avenue & E. Palmer Street
It was raining off and on when we pulled up but we made the best of it and even managed to do a couple of live Facebook feeds.
From opposite corner
The outside renovations seem to be done and the sign out front indicates a finish date of December 5th, 2016. According to the official website fundraising is still underway to help with completion of the interior.
I took the time to walk around the place, which didn’t take too much time, as the piece of property it’s on is very small.
Side and rear
I noticed the two colors of siding and the different facing material on the rear. I read once that this building has had a few additions over the years. So it is likely that the yellow portion represents the original house built by Elias Disney and the rest representing subsequent renovation efforts.
Garage and small back yard
The city of Chicago tried to designate this property a heritage site but a previous owner blocked the effort. The present owner has worked hard with a dedicated team to make sure that this building will be around for years to come! In their words, the dream is that this property ‘becomes a portal to new approaches in early childhood development and helps to inspire future Walts and Roys.’
Front porch detail
So now we can cross another item off our Disney Bucket List. And just to make sure that there is no dispute:
Yup. I was really there!
And so was Karen!
And now you’ve been there, virtually, too!