Pasadena Playhouse

This regal playhouse sits high above the rest of the yard. To see:

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DREAMS HAPPEN PLAYHOUSES AUCTIONED 6/6/15 and we are thrilled to announce that our playhouse was purchased after intense bidding for the highest price set that evening!

100% of all proceeds from the Gala Auction, a grand total of over $450,000, were donated to Rebuilding Together Peninsula. As stated by Chairman Gary Ahern: "That money will allow Rebuilding Together Peninsula to continue to serve the community at large and significantly impact the lives of hundreds of people & families over the next two years!... WELL DONE!"

Every 2 years since 1999, Barbara Butler Artist-Builder Inc has donated a playhouse to help raise funds for Rebuilding Together Peninsula.  This year, Barbara & the Siegelson Family donated "The Play's the Thing" - a celebration of all types of play: imaginative, physical, theatrical and musical. Our profound thanks go out to to the Seigelson Family for their generous donation!

TOPS Treehouse was custom designed and built for the 2 thru 5 year-olds attending The Orinda PreSchool. Surrounding a giant oak tree, this play structure provides a secure way for very young children to experience play activities up amongst the tree branches. The rung ladder and the ADA transfer platform system provide easy ways up to the 4' high deck. The hand-woven rope net ladder is the more challenging way up to the 5' high deck, which also has a scoop slide for a quick, fun way down. TOPS Treehouse complies with the ASTM F1487-07 Standards for Public Use Playground Equipment and the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

Check out SFGATE: THE MOMMY FILES - great story by Red Tricycle about the Magical Bridge Playground!

The Magical Bridge Playground had its Grand Opening on April 18, 2015. Located in Mitchell Park in Palo Alto, the Magical Bridge Playground is an innovative inclusive playground, designed and built for visitors of ALL abilities. During the past five years, Barbara worked closely with founder Olenka Villareal, Verde Landscape Designs, Barry Swenson Builders, the City of Palo Alto and a committee of local families to create a comprehensive park design that serves not just wheelchair users but children and adults with autism, visual impairments, sensory and cognitive issues. Barbara designed and built all of the custom redwood strucutres in the park: a two-story Magical Playhouse with Community stage, elevated Tree Deck, elevated ramps & walkways as well as a Swinging Bridge. All the structures are fully wheelchair accessible. Here's a look at the Community Stage and two-story Magical Playhouse on Opening Day - a big hit!

Behold the fabled kingdom of Castle Court! Hidden in a grove of trees, many thought it was only a myth. And yet, here it stands before you, rising up out of the morning mist. With trembling knees, you cross the drawbridge and approach the well-fortified and majestic Gatehouse. Click on the image to see what lies beyond!

Classic Treehouse: a beautiful 52 SQ FT redwood Clubhouse with gable roof, front door with sliding peephole and 3 window openings with shutters & decorative metal window grates, anchored high up in a redwood tree! Access is via rung ladder to the front deck with picket railing or by the more challenging "Hanging Platform" with rope-n-rung ladder. A great hideaway for kids who want to be high up in a tree!

In the middle of a little wilderness, tucked away on a steep hillside, the Crooked Gap Clubhouse is a great place for rambunctious kids to spend time outside! Just getting to the entrance ramp requires sliding down a hill while holding on to the Giant Rope wrapped around the tree that stands guard at the top. Once on deck, there is access to the hill below via the challenging Rock Climbing Wall and/or the Coil Climber.

Built around and attached to this beautiful old oak tree, Terra Verde Treehouse sits securely on top multiple, large branches that wrap up and around the decks. The 6ft x 8ft waterproof Clubhouse comes with cedar shingled roof, hand-made glass windows and board & batten siding.  Three decks provide great viewing spots and the small upper deck doubles as the take-off platform for the 120ft zipline ride. Beautiful, functional & fun for the kids with a firepole, pulley bucket, rope swing, and rope-n-rung ladder. 

Help one of these previously owned play structures find a home!