The Glass House in British Columbia is quite a site to see and an attraction well worth the trip.
The house was built by David H. Brown in 1952 when he retired from the funeral business and struck upon a revelation that glass bottles should have some practical use after their contents were finished. And so, to, as quoted by Mr. Brown “to indulge a whim of a peculiar Nature” he set about travelling western Canada visiting various friends in the funeral business collecting the square empty embalming fluid bottles until he had collected 500,000 of them.
The house is built in a cloverleaf shaped pattern, it is 48 feet long and 24 feet wide, alltogether including the upstairs room of the house, it has 1,200 square foot of floor space, three main rooms that are circular in shape. The house is built upon solid rock and overlooks the Kootenay Lake. The bottles have a square shape giving the fantasy-style castle shape of the house a mosaic type look.
There is a short staircase in the center of the house that leads up to the upstairs bedroom, the master bedroom, living room and kitchen are on the main floor.
The house attracted a lot of attention with its unique appearance resulting in a loss of privacy for the Brown family and as such, they decided to turn it into a roadside attraction for the summer months.
There are about 500 dozen flowers that run along different pathways around the house and lovely well-kept lawns.
In the gardens, there is also a bridge, an archway, a water wheel and a wishing well.
The house is still owned and run by the Brown’s, who continually make additions to the property keeping the attracting fresh and making people want to come back to find out what has changed at the Brown’s embalming fluid bottle house!