Walt Disney Studios, Casting Building, Alameda Avenue & Buena Vista Street, Burbank, Los Angeles County, CA
Significance: Designed in 1938 and built in 1939, the Casting Building is one of the original buildings constructed at the Burbank Disney Studios on Buena Vista Street after the studio moved from Hyperion Avenue in Hollywood. Historical documentation indicates that the Casting Building was the first improvement on the Burbank lot and served as a studio for the design team to finish designing the remaining studio buildings after construction of their foundations and other site work commenced. Originally built as a warehouse, the Casting Building was remodeled into offices in 1958 and thereafter served as the 'Casting Building.' Architect Kem Weber incorporated both modern and streamline moderne design principles into his concept for the Burbank Disney campus. Although designed as a utilitarian structure, the architectural details of the Casting Building were part of the unified design vocabulary used throughout the Burbank Disney Studios.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N1360
Survey number: HABS CA-2639-C
Building/structure dates: 1939-1940 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1958 Subsequent Work