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By Tina Fisher Cunningham
Fisher Forde Media 

It's Kim Fahey's world.

The Forde Files No. 163


Tina Fisher Cunningham

A giant spider appears to be stalking Kim and Pat Fahey's youngst son Leo from the barn on their six-acre property in Sand Canyon.

Kim Fahey made a big splash in the news three years ago when Los Angeles County, citing building code violations on his Acton property, ordered his fanciful structures – including a huge treehouse – torn down. He and his wife Pat packed up their collection of thousands of books, science fiction toys, model dinosaurs, vintage mechanical objects and art work and found a house on six acres in Sand Canyon.

Fahey, 66, has been remaking the overgrown parcel into a whimsical wonderland of his own design, with fencing made of wooden rounds from industrial wire spools and luminous stained-glass panels that he i nserts into the centers of the rounds. He has made a gate of giant pencils and topped it with elevated birdhouses. The three-story chicken coop is the Ritz of chickendom.

There's a giant spider on the roof of his workshop and William Mulholland's 1941 crane in the yard. ("It still runs.").

Tina Fisher Cunningham

Alan Kimble "Kim" Fahey's 608-page book, "Hollywood Unlisted" is a rollicking, naughty memoir of 30 years as a telephone service man in Hollywood.

He has Danny DeVito's spiral stairs that were eight inches out of alignment.

He has a Tom Mix's stove, Errol Flynn's refrigerator and a classic glass restaurant cabinet that is filled with toys.

Fahey has graded a section of the property where he plans to plant 20 mulberry trees.

The structures are solidly bolted.

"If they say use a 2x4, I use a 2x10," he said.

Fahey was a telephone company service man in Hollywood for 34 years, working for six major companies. He wrote about his experiences in a free-wheeling book, "Hollywood Unlisted." Fahey is an entertaining story teller and he admits he likes to talk.

Fahey and his wife Pat have 10 children between them. Their youngest, Leo, lives on the property with them. Fahey usually has an apprentice he trains in construction.


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