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Mike TaylorNature-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.

audio file icon  Interview: Mike Taylor (Audio, 4/23/1999, 56 mins )

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Closeup view of the Treehouse.

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You can see the size of the 10 X 14 ft deck.

 
Click to See a Closeup view of the Treehouse.  

Long view of the Treehouse, from below, Vertical Format

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Here you can can get an idea of height (62 ft) of the treehouse deck from the ground.

 
Click to see a Long view of the treehouse, from below, vertical format  
             
 

A gathering of friends at the Treehouse.

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Click to see a Gathering at the Treehouse  

Medium view of the Treehouse, Vertical Format.

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Click to see a Long view of the treehouse, vertical format  
             
 

Map to the Treehouse and "Rules" for Secrecy

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Click Here for map to the Treehouse  

General view of the Treehouse, Horizontal Format.

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Click Here for a General view of the Treehouse, Horizontal Format  
             
 

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

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Click Here for Letter to Ron Simons from Mike Taylor  

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

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Click to See Memo to Henry House from James Bell  
             
 

Additional Treehouse Caper Materials are in Special Collections

 

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