A Look at a Little Girls' Play Fort in an American Elm Tree

Featuring the backyard Capitol Hill tree house that Hill residents generally only see if they make a point of going back to find it, with the most recent pictures first.  You can find more tree house pictures under the Knights Parties header.  SCROLL DOWN TO SEE PICTURES.  

*JULY 4th NEIGHBORHOOD OPEN HOUSES, 2016-2018:  Intense heat and humidity haven't kept scores of young neighborhood families from stopping by to explore the tree house and chill in the alley on recent Independence Day mornings.  The families mostly come off the Capitol Hill Community Parade on 8th Street, a few blocks away, stopping by the tree house for cake and lemonade, a chance to explore inside.  Visitors enjoy shooting nerf arrows on the south arm of Archibald Walk, an ideal adhoc archery range.  The blue banner tells you all you really need to know about litigation with the City: the Office of the Attorney General DC and DDOT have put seven senior attorneys on the tree house case since 2016.  What a great use of taxpayer funds!    

*POST-THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE - NOVEMBER 2017:  The Sunday after Thanksgiving brought more than 60 Hill folk to the alley for hot cider, pie and a chance for  kids to romp in the tree house and alley.  The event was graced by sunshine and a convivial atmosphere.  Parent-child fencing (with foam swords) proved the most popular activity.  

*VISIT BY MR. TONY'S CAPITOL HILL ADVENTURE CAMP - AUGUST 2017:   Visiting campers had a great time making pine cone bird feeders, exploring the tree house, fencing and honing archery skills (with nerf swords and arrows) in the alley.  The castle was well defended by the Knights of Tony.  It was a joyful morning to remember in the tree house's complicated history.   

*NEIGHBOR'S HARASSMENT CAMPAIGN - LATE 2016:  Pictures of 4" x 4" bright red, homemade "Trump Says Tree House You're Fired" stickers.  Atleast one neighbor plastered hundreds of these stickers on public parking and stop signs within a couple blocks of the tree house in 2016.  The stickering campaign was waged to pressure the Psychas-Yees to tear their tree house down, after DDOT had left the structure alone in the months following the January PSC hearing.  The neighbor also made a giant vinyl banner of a Hill Rag article criticizing the family and hung it on an alley wall for months.  The DCMP at the First Disrict Substation worked with the family to ensure that the harassment campaign ended, although new Trump stickers still pop up occasionally.

*FACADE RENOVATION: A NEW FRONT DOOR - MAY 2016:  Before and after shots of the 1888 "Charles Gessford row house" facade removation work the family did in the summer of 2016.  The original windows and doors of the house were bricked up in the 1950s.  The Psychas-Yees are working with Verizon and the Historic Preservation Office to get the telephone pole seen in the picture relocated.  The pole was installed in the early 1970s.

*GIFTED PRUNING - FEBRUARY 2016:  NovaArborist, a tree care and tree house building company in NW, pruning the Psychas-Yee's elm gratis in February 2016.  A team of arborists carefully pruned the century-old elm, cutting out a great many dead and decaying branches.  The old tree has thrived since the pruning.  

*HOLIDAY CARD SHOTS - NOVEMBER 2015:  Hill photographer Julie Woodford took these lovely early tree house pictures. 

*A LINE IN THE MULCH - NOVEMBER 2015:  The green painted line, spray painted by a DDOT public space inspector in November 2015, demarcating the Psychas-Yee's rear/northern land boundary in SE.  The tree house overhang fills the area nine feet over less than two feet of mulch between the tree trunk and the line.  DC law stipulates that if the trunk of a tree is on the land of a real property owner, the tree belongs to that owner, even if branches extend over other lots.

 

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