The George S. Bryan Discovery Forest Treehouse is constructed of recycled architectural pieces that local Chattanooga businesses donated, along with some elements, such as the Scottish windows, from around the world.
The fantastical treehouse is cradled in the arms of a 100-year-old Overcup Oak Tree, which was very carefully integrated into the design. By supporting the structure on steel beams rather than on the tree itself, and cutting the flooring to give the Overcup Oak plenty of room to grow, the Treehouse does not endanger the safety of the venerable Oak.
Thanks to grants and donations from local benefactors, including the Caldwell Foundation and the Mills family, the George S. Bryan Discovery Treehouse held its grand opening in 2000.
Rob Fowler of River Street Architecture rendered the initial drawings. Contractor Monty Veal completed the final design and construction.
This 750-square-foot building nestled amongst the trees affords a variety of vantage points to appreciate wildlife in a natural setting. It’s an ideal venue for small weddings, birthdays, and social events.