Capitol Hill

Permit Denied for Controversial Capitol Hill Treehouse

D.C. denied a permit Thursday for a controversial castle-style treehouse in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The Public Space Committee voted 4-0-1 against the permit. There has been no word on when the homeowners must act.

Neighbors have been urging D.C. officials to force the homeowners to remove the wooden treehouse, which is built in Archibald Walk, since it went up in mid-August. The treehouse hangs over about two feet of public space and protrudes into a neighbor’s front yard.

“Everyone loves a treehouse and everyone loves kids,” neighbor John Klaja told News4 two weeks ago. “As kids, we wish[ed] we had one of these. But I think it's better suited for a back yard. This is our front yard, and it protrudes onto our public space."

The homeowners said they got the proper permits to build the treehouse from the District, and they did receive a temporary 10-day permit for the construction of a “balcony.”

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