AN OPEN HOUSE Some children only experience playhouses designed by adults.
Future architects and designers meet and rehearse in playhouses, where kids groom their love for living in beautiful places, collecting furniture and accessories and for appreciating architectural details.
Project Playhouse is a fund-raiser put on by HomeAid America, a nonprofit branch of the Building Industry Association, which specializes in the building and renovation of shelters for homeless people in transition.
Past playhouse styles have included castles and cottages, built mostly with donated supplies and designed by local architects.
The Angels Dugout is being presented by Taylor Woodrow Homes as the 2005 Project Playhouse Opportunity House, which will be raffled off at a Public Auction Party on Oct.
In four years of participation in HomeAid's Project Playhouse, this is our most creative and exciting Playhouse design yet," said Mike Forsum, president of Taylor Woodrow's Western Region.
Manny Godoy of San Fernando transformed a playhouse into a miniature fruit stand for his 1 1/2-year-old daughter Evelyn with the help of his parents and in-laws.
I think it was my mother-in-law or my mom that didn't have a playhouse as a kid but had always wanted one, so she realizes how special it is for Evelyn to have one,'' says Godoy, 29.
According to Jim Lonergan, Vice President of Construction, Lennar's Palm Beach Division was proud to be involved with the Gold Coast Builder Association's Playhouse Parade @ CityPlace benefiting the Connor Moran Children's Cancer Foundation.
The Playhouse Parade @ CityPlace consisted of five child-size (8' X 12') "dream homes" built by five of GCBA's most prominent builders: a Medieval Fortress by Centex Homes, The Manor by Engle Homes, Tuxedo Park by the Lennar Family of Builders, La Petite Maison by Sunland Homes and a French Country Cottage Hideaway by WCI.
Peter Strauss, manager of the Raven Playhouse
and a former master electrician at the El Portal, recalls nights where the district has been alive with activity.
Dave Blaso, who has helped create storybook-themed playhouses
for several years, says the 15-foot-tall Enchanted Treehouse (Most Creative and Unique award) was inspired by Winnie the Pooh's dwelling.