The Heights neighborhood in Houston, Texas still has a bit of a home town feel to it despite the fact it is surrounded on all sides by a manic and thriving population, that added together, creates the 4th largest city in the United States. It is known for its often eccentric residents and for its architecture, as there are many varied and unique homes built there from as early as the 1900’s. None is quite so unique though as The Beer Can House.
The construction of the house was started in 1968 by John Milkovisch, who worked on the building through 1987. The house’s curtains are even made out of pull tabs and the fence and gate are lined with can bottoms.
The material was chosen for its proximity and price and besides, there’s no painting required. The planters are even made from beer cans.
The house is now preserved by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts. There are tours available and admission to the Beer Can House grounds is $2.00 per person. Guided tours of the grounds and the museum exhibits inside the house, including a film are $5.00 per person.
The shed is even made from beer cans. An estimated 50,000 empties went into the making of this project and every one was thoroughly enjoyed when full.
All I know is it better be air-conditioned as it gets pretty warm here during the summer months when the tours are available. I haven’t been down in The Heights since the early eighties when I used to go to Montrose and Rudyard’s to shoot darts and drink decent beer, but I might just get a wild hair here soon and cruise on over and check The Beer Can House out. I’ve always known it was there, but I’ve never thought too much about it, but now doing this post, I believe I’d like to go take a look!
Here’s a picture of the man whose creative spirit and love of beer led him to create this unique landmark only 4 or 5 miles from downtown Houston. You can’t tell that John Milkovisch had a fondness for creating his working materials can you?
So if you find yourself in Houston with nothing to do this summer, why not head over to 222 Malone St. and take the tour? It looks to be pretty interesting.
Make a day of it and spend some time checking out the other homes in the area as well, and as long as you’re there you might want to stop for lunch, there are all kinds of eateries close by.