(Photo: Milkovisch Family Archives)
A beer can house in Houston has stunned people across the country as reports of the unique abode went viral this week, as efforts are being made to restore and preserve the residence.
John Milkovisch, the owner of the home, reportedly grew up as a child of the Great Depression, and has always found it hard to throw anything away. However, in the early 1970s, with beer cans building up around his house he decided he would put the cans to a unique use and decorate his residence with them.
One-by-one he cut open the cans and flattened each, and then proceeded to wallpaper his walls with them.
Ruben Guevara, head of restoration and preservation of the Beer Can House in Houston's Memorial Park area, has said, "The funny thing is that it wasn't ... to attract attention. He said himself that if there was a house similar to this a block away, he wouldn't take the time to go look at it. He had no idea what was the fascination about what he was doing," according to The Huffington Post.
Milkovisch died in the mid-1980s, but his wife, Mary, continued to live in the home, with her children helping to replace any areas where the cans began to rust. She passed away in the mid-1990s, however, the now-famous home remains standing.
A local nonprofit group, Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, purchased the property about a decade ago, and have continued to restore the house. They have also opened the home to the public, and it has become somewhat of a local attraction.
Houston resident Patrick Louque has told the Huff Post: "It shows the human nature of the individual is supreme. You can take the simplest thing, and it can actually affect a lot of other people. It's totally grabbed me, and it's probably totally grabbed the imagination of more people than I could possibly imagine."