The Beer-Can House of Houston, Texas (www.tripatini.com)
John Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, took nearly 18 years to flatten nearly 50,000 beer cans of varied brands, using the lids and the pull tabs and teamed them with marbles, rocks, metal pieces and glass bottles to leave, as he himself said, something to be remembered by.
John started with the garden, saved himself from mowing it, and then moved on to the exterior. The interior was bland, not much fizz, and we were the sole visitors on this particular day. The chiming pull-tab curtains in the backyard add some variation to this house in the quiet neighborhood of Malone, Houston.
*The Beer Can House was acquired by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art after the deaths of John Milkovisch and his wife, Mary
From I-45, just south of the intersection of I-10, take the Memorial Drive exit. Then head west for a mile and pass North Shepherd Drive exit. Turn right on Malone St. The Beer Can House is two blocks north, on the right.
*Admission: $ 2 entrance, Guided Tours with house exhibition $ 5.
Self-guided tours are available at Gift Shop.
The Beer Can House is open Saturdays & Sundays, Noon – 5 pm