This site was created in early 2016 by a small group of Hill residents who believe in this magical fort, and our nation's capitol becoming friendly to backyard play spaces as places
of wonder and discovery. Rather than paying lawyers to get the 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 now thoughtfully regulate tree house construction.
At the conclusion of the January 2016 PSC meeting, we were troubled by
the sight of neighbors who'd testified in favor of the tree house's destruction hugging, cheering and pumping fists in the air, with no objection from the PSC Chair. 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:
The tree house is a harmless structure that the District should leave alone to avoid wasting more money. The objecting neighbors appear to have moved on, and it's time for DDOT, perhaps the worst-run
of the DC administrative agencies, to do the same.