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Beer Can House in Houston, Texas

Beer Can House in Houston, Texas

Last summer I decided to take my kids to see some of the parks and museums in downtown Houston.  One thing we kept hearing was you have to see the "Beer Can" house at least once!  My kids thought this was one of the funniest things they have seen in a long time!

So we looked up the address and went to see this "creation" of over 50,000 beer cans!

 

The story goes that John Milkovisch hated to throw anything away, and after years of drinking, both his attic and garage were bursting with empty beer cans. In 1968, he got the bright idea that the cans would make good house siding, and a folk art legend was born. Milkovisch didn't stop with the house. He blanketed the lawn with concrete blocks inlaid with bits of colorful glass. He drilled holes in the redwood fence, filling the spaces with marbles. With the cans' pull-tabs, he created clinking curtains that he hung from the front porch and eaves. More beer cans, wire and found objects became mobiles and lawn art. Altogether, Milkovisch spent 18 years decorating this house.

 


$1 admission to visit the grounds; $5 for a private tour

Address: 222 Malone
Houston TX, 77007
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Phone: 713-926-6368
Link: http://www.orangeshow.org

The Woodlands

 

 

  • #1 Best Selling master-planned community in the state of Texas
  • 27 miles North of Houston
  • 16 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • Close to I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion outdoor amphitheater 
  • 190 miles of hike and bike trails
  • Exemplary public schools and Acclaimed private schools
  • Ranked one of the top 10 safest communities in Texas
  • Click here to see a video of "The Woodlands"

 

 

Comment balloon 16 commentsPippa Mac • May 29 2010 06:50PM

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WOW thanks for posting that, I am going to share this with friends who go to Houston, I'm not that far away and my husband would defininately appreciate this house LOL

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) over 7 years ago

Hard to believe this isn't in Austin!  I thought we were the green, weird hippie town! :)

Posted by Shelley Rowton, ABR, RSPS - (512) 507-5779 MoveToRealty of Austin (Move To Realty) over 7 years ago

That is so interesting and have never seen such a thing or knew Houston had that attraction. Very cool.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

It looks like someone's been going thru my recyclables again. Thanks its good to know where they have been going.

Posted by Randy Dodd, ePro, GRI, TAHS (Rosanna's Realty) over 7 years ago

Pippa the beer can house look really cool! I would not mind seeing this place.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 7 years ago

Hey Pippa, I LOVE this and it's something that would fit right here in good old Keep Austin Weird town ;-)

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Marilyn ... it is a riot!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 7 years ago

Shelley .. You are the "weird" town of Texas ... that is why this house is sooo odd here in Houston!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 7 years ago

Gary ... next time you are around you can drive by!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 7 years ago

Randy ... yes it was a good use of recyclables before it was "cool"

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 7 years ago

Bill ...  its a quick tour but you keep thinking "who does this?"

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 7 years ago

Russell ... you are right, this belongs in Austin!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 7 years ago

Pippa, Thanks for sharing!  I have never heard of the beer can house.  So does someone actually live there?

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 7 years ago

I'm guessing this house is located in a community that doesn't have a Home Owner's Association.....

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 7 years ago

Interesting.  It's amazing what folks can come up with and then make happen.

Posted by Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma) over 7 years ago

18 years huh?  I would have been in 4-5 houses during that amount of time!  Interesting 'artwork' I have to say!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 7 years ago

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