Life-Sized Eco-Sustainable Playhouses to Grace The Shops at Wisconsin Place Plaza

(Gaithersburg, MD–May 2016) Life-sized playhouses that incorporate ecologically sound, sustainable, and accessible design elements will be on display on The Plaza at The Shops at Wisconsin Place in Chevy Chase, MD from May 28 to June 24, 2016. The playhouses will be displayed throughout The Plaza and can be seen from the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Western Avenue N.W. The sun is shining, mangoes are in season and life’s a picnic with our list of ultimate Sydney picnic spots.

The Playhouse Project is a fun and unique fundraiser. It involves the displaying of and auctioning of seven elaborate children’s playhouses. All funds from the auction and from associated fundraising will go to Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, a nonprofit organization that provides free critical repairs, energy efficiency upgrades, and accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners in Montgomery County.

All seven of the playhouses for sale were visualized and built by local builders and craftspeople that donate their time throughout the year on rebuilding and renovation projects (through RTMC). Each playhouse has been skillfully constructed to withstand the elements and rigors of children at play while at the same time, maintain the sense of wonder that is implicit in public art installations. This year’s playhouses and builders include:

  • Sandy Springs Station, built by Sandy Springs Builders
  • Mother Earth’s Cabin, built by Sustainable Design Group
  • Hobbit House, built by Harkins Builders
  • MiNi-Shed, built by Pepco Holdings, Maryland Custom Builders, Inc., and Grid Architects
  • Accessible Sandcastle, built by Pro Home Contractor, Levine Design Studio, Fann, and Accessible Home Associates
  • Wendy’s Shoreline House, built by DG Liu Contractor Inc.
  • Mountain Chalet, built by CM Conlan Contractors & Builders, Inc.

Plans and drawings of the playhouses can be seen at:

Rebuilding Hope: The RTMC Playhouse Project will culminate in a ticketed cocktail reception and live auction from 7:00-9:00 PM on Saturday, June 18, 2016 on The Plaza at The Shops at Wisconsin Place. A limited number of tickets have been for sale since the beginning of April 2016. Attendees of this event must be over the age of 21. Advanced purchases of the elaborate playhouses will be available through the website listed above beginning on May 30. In addition, proxy bidding will be accepted on the evening of the live auction. Call 301-947-9400 x101 for more information on how to arrange for a proxy bidder.


Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that provides free critical home repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy efficiency upgrades to low-income homeowners and community centers. Our impact extends beyond the individuals we serve by revitalizing and stabilizing vulnerable neighborhoods and communities throughout the county. Since its founding, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County has provided more than 2,000 families with $18.4 million in home repair services, mobilizing more than 47,000 volunteers to help our neighbors in need. For more information, visit or contact Aaron Gonzales by email,, or phone, 301-947-9400 x101.