ARCHITECTURE: Dwarfing the Neighborhood?

Dwarfing the Neighborhood?

They're cute, they whistle while they work, and Snow White can always depend on them in a pinch. The Seven Dwarfs are among Walt Disney's most lovable characters. So why are they making some residents of a California neighborhood grumpy? When Disney unveiled a new corporate headquarters in Burbank last week, onlookers were startled to see that its facade features 19-ft. statues of Dopey, Sneezy & Co. posing as if they were holding up the roof. The building is "an overbearing presence on surrounding neighborhoods," declared Michael Scandiffio, a board member of a Burbank homeowners group. But some residents think they...

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