A House Made From Garbage

March 20, 2009

homesteading, thrift

No! It’s not MY house I’m talking about.

Although it could be….

nah, MY house was made from good stuff. 150 year-old stuff. It’s actually turning into garbage now.

Anyway, this is about a rather cool and very eccentric house called the Nit Wit Ridge house. There’s a whole slew of photos on a Flickr page about it from someone who visited the place. It’s pretty wild– toilet seats for windows, a statue made from a chipped enamel bowl, a lovely metal chain-link fence that graces the, uh, beautiful front yard. Talk about salvage!

garbage house

The place was made by Arthur Harold Beal, alias Capt Nit Wit or Der Tinkerpaw, and it is located, unsurprisingly, in California. He started it in 1928 (I just KNEW it started during the Great Depression, even before I read that). For 51 years, Der Tinkerpaw has been collecting another man’s junk to build his treasure palace. Hey, must be easy on the budget. Some of the things are pretty inventive. I give him kudos for creativity!

Tours of the place are free (yay!). Check the news link above for more details, if this is a must-see place to go. If you go, be sure to take photos and send them my way. It makes me feel SO much better about my rickety old place! At least I have REAL windows and not toilet seats for my fresh air! LOL

hat tip to Just Cool Design for the story.

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5 Responses to “A House Made From Garbage”

  1. John Tedder Says:

    Actually, 1928 was at least a year before the start of the Great Depression. He was a little early I guess. The stock market crash was October 1929 and things really started rolling downhill after that in 1930.

    Have you ever done a story on Fonthill, Henry Mercer’s concrete house in Doylestown, PA?

  2. wendy Says:

    i love that story! very interesting blog!!!

    hey, wanna exchange links??

  3. Alison Says:

    I really like it, even if it is rickety! I’ll have to put it on my list of places to visit one of these days.

  4. Alison Says:

    Now Mrs M, I know I would be happy to visit your house too!