Los Angeles, California: Snow White Cottages

Architect Ben Sherwood's storybook architecture cottages housed animators at Walt Disney's original studio, and may have inspired the buildings drawn in Snow White.
Address:
2900 block of Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Directions:
At St. George St. and Griffith Park Blvd.
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Private property - visible from street.
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The Snow White Cottages

Designed and built in 1931 by architect Ben Sherwood, these 8 craggy roofed "Storybook" architectural cottages housed animators at Walt Disney's original studio, which was located a few blocks away. Apparently census records prove that at least one of the animators who resided here in the late 1930s was centrally involved in helping make the 1937 animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It is believed that these cottages may have provided direct artistic inspiration for the dwarves cottages in the film.

Later on, cottage number 2906 housed tortured indie musician Elliot Smith, who did much writing here before his controversial suicide. These cottages were also used as a location in the 2001 David Lynch film Mulholland Drive. Currently functioning as rental properties, they are lived in by mostly artistic types. There is open access to the central courtyard.

[Nikki Kreuzer, 02/04/2013]

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