On large estate-house grounds, elaborate playhouses were often constructed for the kids. This one Is my favorite of any I've seen so far. It was discovered by New Jersey resident John Rickershauser:
John lived near an old country estate in New Jersey, which was eventually razed for a condominium development. Just before the demolition, he was out walking (fortunately with his camera handy) when he spotted this wonderful but neglected playhouse on the grounds. These estate playhouses often had running water, wood- or coal-fired cook stoves and electric lights, and I suspect this one had it all. The fence alone is an architectural treasure.
I drew a floor plan of this in case anyone wants to build it!
Photos contributed by John P. Rickershauser