Franklin Hills is a lovely, historic neighborhood set on the hills east of Los Feliz Village. The distinctive Shakespeare Bridge, completed in 1926, led the way for development of a unique community which embodies the best of LA.
The beautiful homes, schools and libraries in the area reflect the architectural grace of Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner and others. Cultural amenities include the Greek Theater, Griffith Park and Observatory and Barnsdall Park. The view from Franklin Hills stretches all the way from Mt Baldy to Malibu.
The early years of Hollywood give Franklin Hills much of its historical luster. Silent movie classics were filmed in the area by directors like D. W. Griffith. The old Vitagraph Studio lot, where Disney-owned Prospect Studios with ABC Television now stands, started cranking out films in 1916.
The first Walt Disney animation studio once occupied the site of the Gelson's Market on Hyperion. In the late 1920's Walt and his brother Roy built matching houses at the corner of St. George St and Lyric Ave. Along the five block walk between their houses and the studio site you'll find the quaint cottages that inspired the home of the seven dwarfs in Snow White.