Beer Can House

The Beer Can House, a Houston folk art house, is covered in beer cans, bottles and other beer paraphernalia.

John Milkovisch, a Houstonian, worked tirelessly through the 1960s to transform his Houston residence at 222 Malone Street in to the Beer Can House. The Beer Can House is Houston's most well-known folk art icon. It is covered in flattened beer bottles, caps, and other beer ephemera. It is estimated that the house contains more than 50,000 beer cans.

Milkovisch began his project in 1968 by inlaying thousands upon thousands of marbles and brass figures in concrete blocks and redwood. These were then used to create patios, fences and flower boxes as well as other items. The yard was left without grass because the entire back and front yards were covered in cement. John answered the question, "I got sick mowing the grass."

The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is now the owner and operator of the Beer Can House. This non-profit organization was founded in 1980 to preserve and display works of extraordinary imagination and give people the chance to express their artistic vision.

John Milkovisch was named Spike TV's Man of the Week in March 2004., a comedy news site, stated that John Milkovisch should at least be listed on the ballot if there was ever a vote to determine who the greatest guy ever.

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