“Over 50,000 cans adorn this monument”
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. When the entire front and back yard were completely covered because he "got sick of mowing the grass", he turned to the house itself and began adding aluminum siding – aluminum beer can siding, that is. Over the next 18 years the house disappeared under a cover of flattened beer cans for both practical and decorative reasons. Garlands made of cut beer cans hanging from the roof edges not only made the house sing in the wind, but also lowered the family's energy bills. Ripley's Believe It or Not estimated that over 50,000 cans adorn this monument to recycling.John considered his work an enjoyable pastime rather than a work of art, but he did enjoy people's reaction to his creations. He once said, "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..." The house and landscape are adorned with many different types of beer that John, himself, drank (though his neighbors and his wife, Mary, were always glad to lend a hand!). Did he prefer one brand to the next? His favorite beer was always "Whatever's on special".
Didnt make it inside since we arrived around 8am on the way --- worth the short detour off the 10. I'm curious to know whats inside now
Fun detour! Great stop to stretch your legs & take a few fun photos.
Worth the short stop off I-10! Very interesting house to take a pic!
Cool experience! We didn't make it inside but wish we could have seen what they built in the backyard. You really can hear them chime when it's windy! Worth the quick detour, to see something creative & different!
Pretty cool place to check out!
Didn't see the tour. The outside is faded cans fashioned with mortar into property walls, while cut and flattened cans create shingles and siding. Can ends are strung on lanyards to make rattling windchimes that nearly ensconce the home. Less impressive than you would think.
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Beer Can House
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