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Houston's Beer Can House Becomes A Landmark!

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If you couldn't tell by us calling it a Beer Can House, this house (above and below) is made out of beer cans!


John Milkovisch (who has a name that's waaaay too close to John Malkovich for us NOT to picture him as the actual owner) of Houston, Texas, stored every can of beer he drank in his attic — for 20 years. He had no idea what he was going to do with them, and they probably smelled awful, but little did he know he was going to become a significant little piece of a such a big city!

It was in the late '60s that he figured out what to do with them, because his house needed some renovations! First he started using cement blocks embedded with marbles he saved from childhood to cover the lawn — because who wants to mow the law for the rest of their lives? Not us! Not him!

Then the idea hit him: aluminum siding was also beginning to be a popular trend at the time, so he spent 17 months covering his home with over 50,000 flattened beer cans! Here's what the head of the organization that restored the home recently had to say about it:

"The funny thing is that it wasn't… to attract attention. If there was a house similar to this a block away, he wouldn't take the time to go look at it. He had no idea what was the fascination about what he was doing."

HA! That's incredible!

He and his wife even had to add a fence because people would show up just to see the place! John was cool about it, though, and didn't mind the attention. He once said this:

"It tickles me to watch people screech to a halt. They get embarrassed. Sometimes they drive around the block a couple of times. Later they come back with a car-load of friends."

We're sure it wasn't always a great thing, but he would even invite people in for a beer from time to time! It's just a shame that he didn't get to enjoy it for nearly the amount of time he should've been able to — he died in the mid-1980's. His wife, 10 years later.

The good news is that a local nonprofit, Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, bought it and restored it! It's now open to the public and you can go any time during the year you please!

And we're sure that it pleases John and Mary's ghosts, because who would want to live anywhere else, regardless if you're dead??

So fab! Ha!

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[Image via AP Images.]

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One comment to “Houston's Beer Can House Becomes A Landmark!”

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    Perez, congrats on stealing this story from Daily Mail, but it wasn't interesting when they posted it. This house has been part of the Houston culture for decades. This is not news.