Beer Can House – Unusual House Design

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Awesome Beer Can House

Beer Can House is a famous unusual house design in Houston, Texas embellished with flattened beer cans, bottle caps, and other beer paraphernalia. The Beer Can house was built by John Milkovisch a man who loved his beer! That’s a lot a beer to drink, in fact it is estimated that over 50,000 cans were used.

The Beer Can house built by John Milkovisch began in 1968 when aluminum siding was popular.  He successfully covered his whole house with flattened beer cans and over the next 18 years this included making garlands of cut beer cans hanging from the roof edges.  This actually made the house sound like a song and lowered the energy bill.

The Beer Can house became famous.  As John was smashing beer cans and siding his house with them over the years, people would drive by slowly gawking, come back with their friends to see more.  His wife Mary stated “He didn’t think anybody would ever be interested in it.  He just loved drinking his beer, and loved being outside and cutting up the beer cans.

Beer Can House - Unusual House DesignAfter John and his wife died, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art bought the Beer Can House.  They are working to restore the house to its former glory. Volunteers from Houston and as far away as California help with restoration.

Beer Can House Beer Can House is at 222 Malone Street in Houston, Texas.  The house is in its original location among high-rise condos being built around it.

Beer Can ShedI like the shiny Beer Can House shed.  Admission to The Beer Can House is $2.00.  There are guided tours of the grounds and interior of the house along with a film for $5.00.  Take a self-guided tour for the purchase of something from the gift shop.  Visit the Beer Can House gallery of historic photos here and learn more about it by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.

So the next time you have a bag of aluminum beer cans or pop cans are you going to start siding your house?  Probably not, but making a garland out of beer or pop cans seems like a fun project.

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Sources: Photo links via Creative Commons Wikimedia Commons here, here, and here. Other sources: Beer Can House and Wikipedia

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