016. Beer Can House

Beer Can House, John Milkovisch, 222 Malone St., Rice Military. In 1968, it was just a modest house in the middle of a neighborhood, but 39,000 cans of beer later, it had turned into an important stop on the tour of Houston's great folk art sites. Clearly, John Milkovisch loved beer more than just drinking it. For twenty years, the retired upholsterer used the cans to ingeniously decorate his home and front yard. Strings of flattened cans dangle from the roof like shimmy fringe. Stacked can bottoms create the front yard fence.  After he died in 1988, his wife and children maintained the curiosity for several years, eventually turning it over to the Orange Show Foundation for keeps.

also by Kelly Klaasmeyer

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