The Minister's Treehouse, in Crosshill, Tenn., is arguably the world’s largest treehouse. It's 97 feet feet tall and is supported by six different trees. There’s a tree growing out of the third floor and what looks like a penthouse suite on top. Photographer Chuck Sutherland photographed the treehouse in 2012, before it was closed as a fire hazard. Find out more about the treehouse in anew episode
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The treehouse has over 80 rooms and the structure on the top is actually a bell tower, equipped with repurposed oxygen tanks which serve as bells that chime daily.Vacation Tree House: A Hotel Built on Treetops
The tree that’s poking out of the third floor is actually the main support for this structure, an 80-foot-tall white oak tree with a 12-foot diameter base.
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"It was haphazard," Sutherland said. "There was no real plan to the construction, admittedly though that's what made it more fun."The Surprising Secrets Of Well-Traveled Seeds: Photos
"Doors wouldn’t lead to where you thought they were, ladders and stairs were in unexpected places, there was a basketball goal in the central room which also doubled as a church on Sundays." Its questionable construction led a Tennessee fire marshal to close the treehouse in 2012. The treehouse remains closed to this day, but over 2,000 people have signed a petition to re-open it. But with no funds for repairs, it's possible no one will ever step foot inside this forest mansion again.Photos Capture Some Of The Oldest Trees On Earth