House of Leaves

Sky-high architecture at the arboretum

As kids, we'd imitate adults, dressing up in our mother's clothes or playing doctor with the neighbor kid. We'd build forts out of couch cushions and comforters--a sovereign nation within the living room. If we were lucky, we had access to a few tools, some discarded wood and a perfect tree in the backyard, whose branches were sturdy and expansive enough to build an even better home away from home: a tree house. The Dallas Arboretum pays homage to this fine tradition with a salute to Ultimate Tree Houses, designed by local architects. From a pool of 55 entries, 13 designs were chosen by a jury (including Channel 8's Gloria Campos and Donald Gatzeke of the UT Arlington School of Architecture) and built on the grounds of the Arboretum. These are no ramshackle plywood-and-paint jobs; instead, designs are imaginative and fun, incorporating traditional elements and postmodern style with a whimsical flair. Ultimate Tree Houses will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of the year at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road. Tickets are $8 for adults, with discounts available for seniors, children and members. Call 214-515-6500 or visit dallasarboretum.org.
July 13-Dec. 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 
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