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John Milkovisch has a different idea of recycling than the average beer drinker.

In the 1970s, the Houston resident decided to put the thousands of cans he had saved in his attic to unusual good use: he cut each one open and began to wallpaper the outside of his residence.

According to Ruben Guevara – the head of restoration and preservation of the Beer Can House in Houston’s Memorial Park area – Milkovisch’s goal was not to make his home into any kind of attraction:

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“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.”


Milkovisch died over 25 years ago, but his wife continued to live in this unique home and her sons continued to update its beer can-based siding.

Mary Milkovisch then passed away in the mid-1990s, but local nonprofit Orange Show Center for Visionary Art purchased the property about a decade ago began its own restoration, opening the home to the public.

“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,” said Houston resident Patrick Louque. “It’s totally grabbed me, and it’s probably totally grabbed the imagination of more people than I could possibly imagine.”

It is believed that Milkovisch saved 50,000 cans by piling up his daily intake of six packs in the attic for over 20 years.

Granted, it sounds like the guy may have had a drinking problems. But tourists around the country can now be thankful he did!