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Wizards Hideout

Every 2 years, Rebuilding Together Peninsula partners with 15 local architects and Barbara Butler to create unique, one-of-a-kind, theme playhouses. These playhouses are displayed at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, CA, for 3 weeks and then auctioned to the highest bidder during the "Dreams Happen" Gala event.  100% of the proceeds raised from auctioning the playhouses are donated to Rebuilding Together Peninsula, an organization that builds volunteer partnerships to rehabilitate homes & community facilities for low-income, elderly and/or disabled people. Barbara Butler Artist-Builder Inc. has participated in this wonderful playhouse auction for the past 10 years.  

Atherton Castle

Atherton Castle appeared in Architectural Digest and elicited a huge response from readers. The three-color scheme of Ochre, Forest Green and Barn Red of this redwood play structure holds enormous appeal for kids and adults alike. This is the 1st of 5 versions made over the years (see Fort Bethesda & Atherton 5).

Castle Fantastico

This ultimate castle play structure was built for 5 kids. The family and Barbara worked together to come up with the design (based on the original Connecticut Castle play structure). 

Zig Zag

Zig Zag is a wooden play fort designed to pack a lot of play into a condensed space with 3 Towers, 2 Bridges, a Drawbridge Ramp and multiple Play Features.

High Chaparral

High Chaparral is an understated play creation, designed to complement the house and blend into the natural surroundings. This redwood play fort provides lots of open climbing space where the kids will develop coordination and build upper body strength.