Auction of playhouse will help build real housing for needy
Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley will auction off a child-sized playhouse during the Strawberry Days weekend. This annual fund-raiser helps support its work in the valley providing low-cost housing for those who cannot otherwise afford a home.
Each year local architects and builders develop plans and construct unique playhouses that are won by lottery. This year’s playhouse was sponsored by WestStar Bank and will be on display in the main Glenwood Springs branch parking lot, 1620 Grand Ave., over the weekend. After the Saturday morning parade, the playhouse will be moved to the Habitat for Humanity booth in Strawberry (Sayre) Park.
The playhouse was designed by Chad Weltzin, with Cottle Graybeal Yaw Architects, as a secret for children to discover. From the outside, it appears boxy, but inside, children will discover a convoluted three-dimensional spiral pattern similar to a Mobius strip. The upper walls allow children to remain hidden while spying on others.
Prince Creek Construction, a commercial and residential general contractor in the valley since 1993 and owned by David and Connie Hicks, donated the labor and materials under the direction of Joe Mueller, to bring Weltzin’s creation to life. Steve’s Painting in Silt donated the painting labor, and Sherwin Williams in Glenwood Springs donated the paint.
Tickets for the drawing will be on sale at the playhouse at WestStar Banks on Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. and at the Habitat booth throughout the weekend. Lottery tickets are $10 each or three for $20. This year’s playhouse will also be on display during the Aspen Fourth of July celebration and the drawing will be held at the conclusion of that festival. There will be drawings for a separate playhouse at Carbondale Mountain Fair and Basalt River Days.
The playhouse fund-raiser is the main event for Habitat for Humanity, with the proceeds going toward the purchase of land and material for future homes. Last year Habitat raised more than $18,000 through this fund-raiser. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Holly Snyder, 384-2994 or 927-8040, ext. 2.
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