Beer Can House

222 Malone Street
Houston, TX 77007

John Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, started his project now known as the Beer Can House in 1968 when he began inlaying thousands of marbles, rocks, and metal pieces into concrete and redwood to form unique landscaping features.

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Word on the Street

If you're like me, you might possibly live in a suburb. A suburb full of McHouses that all look the same, save for the color of the shutters. Want to show your children a really cool house that looks nothing like the neighbors?

Bring them on down to the Beer Can House in Houston. The owner, who is no longer living, originally started decorating the house with beer cans (and other things) in 1968 and worked on it for 18 years.

Now, it is a testimony of what you can do with junk. While people may not think visiting a beer can house is educational, I definitely think of it as an eye-opening experience. Show your kids how they can recycle old materials into new things. Show them how they can view art in different ways. Heck, show them that not everyone lives the same way you do!

Wondering what your child thinks of the house? Ask him what he'd choose to cover his house with. Band-aids? Stickers? Tape? The answer might surprise you.

Beer Can House: From the Parents


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