This site was created in 2016 by a small group of DC residents who believe in this magical fort, and our nation's capitol becoming friendly to backyard tree houses as places of wonder
and discovery. Rather than paying lawyers to get this structure torn down in a city without a niche for play forts in its building code, DDOT should work with DCRA and the Historic Preservation Office to update the
Code. Most of the Metro area suburban municipalities thoughtfully regulate tree house construction.
We object to the way ANC 6B and DC's top zoning authority--the Public Space
Committee--allowed a small group of older neighborhood residents and their ANC commissioner to harness unwarranted review of a closed public space construction permit as a tool of revenge in response to DDOT's eviction of
an alley forest dating to the 90s. At the conclusion of the January 2016 PSC meeting, we were troubled by the sight of the neighbors who'd testified in favor of the tree house's destruction hugging, cheering and pumping fists in the
air, with no objection from any City official. They believed that they'd succeeded in getting the family's construction permit revoked, portending the tree house's immediate destruction. WJLA Channel 7-ABC covered the neighbors'
reaction at the PSC hearing:
The tree house is a harmless structure that DC should leave
alone. If the single senior DDOT official who is intent on seeing it torn down gets his way, the agency will have wrecked a child's fort for reasons the public is not privy to. DDOT has abused its authority in trying to tear
up a closed construction permit, depriving a family of rights granted under DC law. The neighbors appear to have moved on, and it's time for DDOT, perhaps the worst-run of the DC administrative agencies, to do the