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Sepia-toned photograph of a treehouse.

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People have been building recreational treehouses for thousands of years. The Roman emperor Caligula built a multi-story “nest” in order to entertain guests. The influential Medici family in Renaissance Italy built them in their gardens, which may have sparked the trend. Starting from the 1600s to the 1800s, treehouses became popular in England and France, being used as garden playhouses, as restaurants and bars, or just as relaxing places to enjoy the view. As of 2023, treehouses have become popular worldwide, so much so that there are treehouse companies to build them for their clients, and many treehouses are now offered as short-term vacation rentals.


Heichelbech, R. (n.d.). The many ways treehouses have been used throughout history. Dusty Old Thing.

Blue Forest. (2013, November 12). A brief history of treehouses.

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