Old Mandeville Treehouse Should Be Preserved
Cindy Chang, The Times-Picayune SEP 23, 2009. The house is constructed around a central stem, with wood beams radiating symmetrically outward and rooms divided evenly like slices of a pie. Because the octagonal shape provides no large, flat surfaces, the design is remarkably hurricane-resistant.
Hundreds have been erected throughout the world, including in the Caribbean and Panama, using kits purchased from Topsider. Clusters of 50 or 60 exist at the North Carolina resorts of Hilton Head and Pinehurst, and Disney World also had a treehouse development.