The Exterior takes hundreds of hours each year to maintain. The delicate hanging garlands of cut can tops, pull-tabs and can cutouts are fragile and deteriorate quickly in Houston's weather and wind. In the slightest breeze, the house's famous beer can curtains tinkle and softly "sing" - they also tangle and break. Repairing them is no easy task, as each piece must be worked by hand using precise and time-consuming methods.
The Garden, the house's distinctive concrete sculptures and its rock, marble, and glass inlay take great care to maintain. Replacement of small missing and broken parts and keeping the native landscaping in good conditions are ongoing tasts. The garden is an essential part of the Beer Can House, a focal point for tours and an inviting space for receptions and other outdoor events.
The Gallery is the exhibition space inside the house that displays historic photos, artifacts and interactive media about the house, the family and the Rice Miltary neighborhood. The tools and materials that Milkovisch used are displayed along with other unqiue pieces he created. The gallery is a perfect place for private functions, tours, and educational programming.
Funding levels for stabilization / conservation / restoration range from $10,000 to $100,000
Funders will receive benefits tailored to community outreach, branding and hospitality, including but not limited to:
Name recognition at the Beer Can House
Acknowledgement on Orange Show Center for Visionary Art printed materials
Recognition on Orange Show Center for Visionary Art website (130,000 unique visitors per month)
Recognition within eNewsletter (database of 7000) and on social media (10,000+ fans and followers)