This web site was created in 2016 by a small group of Hill residents who believe in this magical tree house, and our nation's capitol becoming more friendly to backyard play areas as places of wonder
and discovery. Rather than tying up District lawyers to get tree houses torn down in a city without a niche for play forts in the DCMR, DDOT should work with DCRA and the Historic Preservation Office to update the DC Code to cover
tree house building. Most of the other Metro area municipalities now thoughtfully regulate play house, play fort and tree house construction. DC could do the same.
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. The neighbors believed that they'd
succeeded in getting our construction permit revoked, portending the play fort's immediate destruction. WJLA Channel 7-ABC covered the neighbors' reaction:
The tree house is a harmless structure Office of the DC Attorney General lawyers should have left alone, sparing taxpayers
the grim government waste seen in the City's five-year-long battle to destroy it. What did the protracted campaign achieve?