The architectural ingenuity of humans is truly amazing and a prime example of this is the “Beer Can House” in Houston, Texas.
The “Beer Can House” is part of the “Orange Show Center for Visionary Art”, which seeks to preserve examples of personal artistic expression by people such as John Milkovosch and Jefferson Davis McKissack.
The “Orange Show Center for Visionary Art” is also the driving force behind the celebrated “Annual Houston Art Car Parade.”
What follows is a brief history of the “Beer Can House” along with details on tour options.
Brief History of the Beer Can House
Work on the unusual, beer can laden home began in 1968 with the vision of retired upholster John Milkovosch.
Considered a bit of an eccentric by some, Milkovosch had spent his previous years landscaping the property with an eclectic assortment of wood, concrete, metal, stone and marble.
He claimed to have started landscaping in that manner because he had grown tired of lawn maintenance and wanted a landscape that was less work than traditional grass.
Once the landscape met with his satisfaction, Milkovosch turned his artistic vision towards his home. He decided to use aluminum beer cans to create a mailbox, aluminum siding, roof garland and other unusual architectural features.
It is said that Milkovosch and his family drank the beer from the estimate 50,000 plus cans that were used to construct his vision and that it took him 18 years to complete the project.
Hours of Operation and Admission
As of 2010 the “Beer Can House” is available for viewing daily, year round. It is open from Noon until 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays for self-guided and guided tours as well.
The self-guided tour price is $2 per person. The more comprehensive $5 guided tour includes a walk through the interior of the building as well as access to the museum.
The Beer Can House
222 Malone Street
Houston, TX 77007
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