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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Meet the Squatter Who Designed the Teeny Tiny Tree House in Golden Gate Park

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Rio, the teeny tiny landlord of the teeny tiny tree house - TONY POWELL/SF CHRONICLE
  • Tony Powell/SF Chronicle
  • Rio, the teeny tiny landlord of the teeny tiny tree house

We already know the landlord (the city) is a pain in the ass to deal with, but the squatters/designers of the charming teeny tiny tree house in Golden Gate Park have proven to be two pretty cool dudes.

In other words, we're guessing they'd throw some chill teeny tiny parties.

We're delighted to introduce readers to the 47-year-old Tony Powell who talked to the Chron this week, giving the paper, and thus the world, a little history on that little door that's made Golden Gate Park all that more desirable. Powell, who lives on a sailboat in the bay, explained that he and his 6-year-old son, Rio, took a trip to Golden Gate Park in December where they had a "special feeling" about one of the trees lining the concourse outside the de Young.

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"It's just kind of a magical place," Powell said. "And we noticed some of the little hollows in the roots of the tree looked like a perfect little doorway and could use a perfect little door."

So Powell, who works at a Richmond company that makes wood sealant for boats, and his son starting drawing up some blueprints for the little pad. Over the next few months, Powell and Rio traced the hole and made measurements so the door would fit in the tree root. They cut the door, bought a teeny tiny knob and coated it in marine-grade varnish.

Until this week, the Powells had no idea what they had done, which was create a new tourist trap in San Francisco.

"Yesterday we went to see, and from afar we watched many folks come around the tree and open the door to leave notes and flowers and such. Even though our original door was removed (and its hinges most likely damaged with its removal), the spirit is still there," Powell told Richmondsfblog.

While they were there, Powell rifled through some of the notes left behind by others who were captivated by the small house.

"When we read one of the notes which asked whether fairies were real, I had to scrawl upon it in green crayon, "Yes we are,"" Powell said.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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