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Pooh’s House in Cambridge

cambridge-pooh-house1Sorry Cambridge real estate buyers – this house isn’t for sale!  Perhaps the most charming small house in Cambridge – Pooh’s House on Hurlbut Street is a favorite of local residents and visitors alike.  The guest book tucked inside has been filled many times over with comments by visitors from around the world.

The Cambridge Pooh House tree also has a book swap box inside with a stuffed bear perched atop.  A sign gives credit to people responsible for the creation of the Pooh House including  local resident Irv Devore who originally began to turn the rotted tree into Pooh’s house. 

At the base of the tree is a small door with a sign that reads “Mr. Sanders” above – since as we all know, Winnie the Pooh lived in a house with the name “Mr. Sanders” above his door.  There’s a weathervane atop the wood shingled roof and a narrow window facing the street.

cambridge-pooh-house-mini-doorCreated by Cambridge artist and furniture craftsman, Mitch Ryerson, this delightful house is carved from the remains of a large silver maple tree that had to be cut down.  Ryerson has transformed the remains of several other large Cambridge trees into gigantic chairs in projects funded by the Cambridge Arts Council.  It’s always a huge loss when these grand trees are no longer viable but the tree chairs are consolation and an enduring gift to the neighborhood.  These distinctive seats can be found around Cambridge on Oxford Street, Lee Street and Clay Street.  I think there are more – leave a comment if you know the location of other tree chairs.

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  1. Mary DeSimone

    My grand-daughter Alexis and I just visited the tree an hour ago! She is 4-1/2+ years old. She loved it. I had taken two other grand-children there about 6 years ago. At that time you could peek in through windows at the base of the tree and see a little room with bed, table, picture on the wall, etc. Time has taken its toll on that, though. The tree still thrills you as you see it on approach!!

  2. Elizabeth Bolton

    What fun! I agree – the tree with its sweet shingled roof and weathervane looks so intriguing as you approach. It’s a perfect place to bring a grandchild. I didn’t know about the vignette at the bottom. Tough for the little house to survive our New England winters, etc. I figure the shingled roof has let it survive longer than it might have otherwise.

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