San Francisco builder Barbara Butler makes childhood fantasies come to life with her magical play houses. Seeming sprung from the pages of Alice in Wonderland, they boast whimsical features such as turrets, rock-climbing towers, flying bridges and sliding trap doors. Butler’s star-studded client list includes Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, and more. The structures range from small, cozy cabins to big tree houses to large play forts complete with monkey bars, rope swings, bridges—anything the imagination can dream up. Click through to see a few of our favorites!

Hudson Valley Fort, West Point NY 

Barbara traveled to New York to build this masterpiece, and says,"I designed this for Phoebe Cates & Kevin Kline for their weekend place in the Hudson Valley in upstate NY. The spiral ramp was inspired by a trip to the Guggenheim and the castle look was inspired by West Point."


Barbara Butler Luxury Playhouses & Treehouses
Phone: 415-864-6840


Photo credit: Teena Albert, Barbara & Suzanne Butler

– Mireille Schwartz