Not far from the city of Crossville, Tennessee, USA, the largest tree house in the world stands.
For more than 20 years, it was built by the local priest Horace Burgess, who was inspired by the Lord himself for this work, sending him providence.
For a couple of decades of constant work, the house, built on 6 trees, has an area of 1300 m², and 80 rooms are located on 10 floors.
The history of construction began in 1993, when Horace decided to create a place where anyone could find shelter.
Burgess chose a beautiful location in the forest and started his life’s work. Although, no one believed in the success of this idea.
The priest only had some wood, nails, a hammer, and a wish.
Amazingly, the man did not resort to the help of architects, designers or builders, but did everything on his own.
He came up with a project, drew it and began to implement it.
Initially, old boards from sheds, construction debris, abandoned houses were used. But later, local residents began to help Horace with the material.
The house is simply huge, inside there are not only rooms, but even a church and a basketball court.
On the top floor there is a penthouse for the priest’s wife. In general, the plan of the house is complex and intricate. There are many rooms, stairs, corridors, internal terraces and open balconies.
In addition, as if in a medieval castle, there are many hidden passages and secret rooms that only the master himself knows about.
The main support of the house is a living white oak 25 meters high.
Those who managed to visit the tree house for a long time could not move away from the impressions of what they saw. They were so struck by the size of the building and its extraordinary beauty.
Until 2012, the house received parishioners and tourists from all over the world. But then the fire inspection banned access there.
Gradually, the house became empty and began to deteriorate.
From time to time, vandals visit there and those who want to leave their mark on the walls of the famous house. Horace Burgess, 66, continues to live in his creation and be proud of it, no matter what.