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Beer by beer, Houston home morphs into landmark

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The beer can house, a Houston landmark, sits between newer homes. Former owner John Milkovisch covered the outside on the house with siding made of cut and flatten beer cans and garlands made from the lids.

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Garlands made from the tops of beers cans hang from the eaves behind signs in the front of the beer can house in Houston.

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A child of the Great Depression, John Milkovisch didn't throw anything away -- not even the empty cans of beer he enjoyed each afternoon with his wife. So, in the early 1970s when aluminum siding on houses was all the rage, he lugged down the cans he had stored in his attic for years, painstakingly cut open and flattened each one and began to wallpaper his home. "The funny thing is that it wasn't ... to attract attention," said Ruben Guevara, head of restoration and preservation of the Beer Can House in Houston's Memorial Park area.
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    • The beer can house, a Houston landmark, sits between newer homes. Former owner John Milkovisch covered the outside on the house with siding made of cut and flatten beer cans and garlands made from the lids.
    •  Garlands made from the tops of beers cans hang from the eaves behind signs in the front of the beer can house in Houston.
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