This site was created in early 2016 by a small group of Hill residents who believe in this magical tree house, and our nation's capitol becoming friendly to backyard play areas as places of wonder and
discovery. Rather than tying up City lawyers to get the structure torn down in a city without a niche for play forts or tree houses in the DCMR, DDOT should work with DCRA and the Historic Preservation Office to update the Code.
Most of the other Metro area municipalities now thoughtfully regulate play fort 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. 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 leave alone, to end government waste in the City's long campaign to destroy it. As things stand, litigation could drag on until
such time as our girls have outgrown their fort.