Google Street View shows the house is still there.
Stu lost a cherry tree. More accurately, it died and he had it converted into a telescope stand. Reading his post for the second time today I was reminded of a tree in our backyard when I was a lad in Seattle. I think something similar must have happened because Dad cut off the upper branches leaving four stout branches projecting from the top of the trunk. He then built a skeleton platform out of two-by-two's for me and my friends to climb on. I vaguely remember it being a cherry tree, or rather the bark on the remaining sticks was very cherry-tree like. I wonder if Dad applied salt to the cut ends of the branches.