Steve Ueckert  /  Houston Chronicle
The Beer Can House in Houston will be restored with a  $125,000 grant.
updated 3/18/2005 5:57:35 PM ET 2005-03-18T22:57:35

A Houston home decorated with thousands of flattened beer cans won’t face last call, thanks to an art endowment.

Beer-lover John Milkovisch attached the cans to his house over a 20-year period as an alternative to more traditional home repair. He also made beer-can fences and garlands to hang from his roof.

The home was becoming a nationally celebrated folk-art site when the Southern Pacific upholsterer died in 1988 at age 75. Since then, it has suffered years of decline.

Now, a $125,000 grant from the Houston Endowment to the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art will help restore the home.

Orange Show officials say the house will open for tours after repairs and restoration are complete.

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