The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art acquired the Beer Can House after creator John Milkovisch and his wife, Mary, passed away. Diligent documentation and planning over the last few years have determined a comprehensive plan to restore the site to its former glory and renovations are continuously underway.
Unfortunately time and Houston’s climate are always fading and deteriorating John’s original art work. The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art’s intent is to carefully restore this work to its original condition where possible and to recreate artistic elements where necessary, bringing back the delightful ambiance of the site.
Volunteers from the local neighborhood to the far reaches of Houston’s suburbs and even as far as California (seriously!) have been an integral part of creating these new beer can elements.
While not completely finished, the site is open to visitors for guided and self-guided tours that feature the history of the Beer Can House, the Rice Military neighborhood, John’s artistic techniques and Folk Art in Texas.
Generous support from the The Brown Foundation, Houston Endowment, the Cullen Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Silver Eagle, as well as in-kind contributions from SpawMaxwell and Apollo BBC, Inc. have helped to make this project a success.