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Weekend Tours of The Beer Can House in Rice Military
Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until Sunday, October 4, 2020
The Orange Show in the East End is offering guided tours of the folk art environment, The Beer Can House in Rice Military, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Tours will all be limited to eight people, and last approximately 30 minutes, and will give an overview of the history of Houston’s Beer Can House and delve into the mind of its creator, John Milkovisch.
The Beer Can House
Created by a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, the creation of the Beer Can House began in 1968 as Milkovisch 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 made the house sing in the wind and also lowered the family’s energy bills.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not estimated that over 50,000 beer cans adorn this monument to recycling.
Similar tours of the companion folk art experience in the East End, The Orange Show, are also available over the weekend.
Social Distancing & COVID-19 Precautions
Face masks are required for entry and must be worn throughout the duration of the tour. Social distancing is also required. Hand sanitizer will be available for all guests.
Please contact this organizer directly if you have any questions about their operational guidelines during this time.
$5 per person; free for ages 12 and under. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Click here to order tickets or for more information.