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The Treehouse Caper

The Treehouse Caper

Nature-loving and free spirited Cal Poly Pomona student Mike Taylor worked hard and in secret over the course of two years in the late 1970s as he carefully built a treehouse in a magnificent oak tree behind building 1, which was then the campus administration building. The platform to the treehouse deck was 62 feet above ground. There were no nails in the tree and the treehouse was constructed to meet building code requirements for an exterior deck. It was a perfect place for quiet study and for watching deer and other wildlife pass by. The story is a unique example of Cal Poly Pomona student ingenuity, industriousness and hands-on "learn by doing" approach.

Mike Taylor

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Mike Taylor in tree

Closeup view of the Treehouse.

Mike Taylor in tree

Long view of the Treehouse, from below, Vertical Format.

Mike Taylor in tree

Medium view of the Treehouse, Vertical Format.

Mike Taylor in tree

General view of the Treehouse, Horizontal Format.

Mike Taylor in tree

Larger image of the Treehouse, Vertical Format.

Mike Taylor in tree

Larger image of the Treehouse, Vertical Format.

Mike Taylor and friends in treehouse

A gathering of friends at the Treehouse.

hand drawn map to treehouse

Map to the Treehouse and "Rules" for Secrecy.

letter from James Bell to Henry House

Memo to Henry House (Dean of Students) from James Bell (VP for Administrative and Student Affairs).

letter from Mike Taylor to Ron Simons

Letter to Ron Simons (Director of Public Affairs) from Mike Taylor.