A wise man once said “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” He also probably quickly added “that’s a metaphor, there are no glass houses.” And, wouldn’t you know it, he was wrong. Because on Kootenay Lake in BC, there is a house made of glass bottles.
Created entirely out of empty embalming fluid bottles and cement, the Glass House was constructed in the mid-1950s. Retired funeral director David H. Brown started building it to, as he says it, “indulge a whim of a peculiar nature.” Very peculiar indeed.
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Brown traveled all across Canada grabbing embalming fluid glasses from his many colleagues. When he was done collecting them he had roughly 500,000 embalming fluid glasses. It’s a sort of early recycling deal. Not only is it completely made of glass bottles, but it’s also decked out in 1950-60s decor! Definitely a trip to walk through.
The house slowly became a quirky sight-seeing opportunity, and eventually Brown turned it into a roadside attraction in the summer months.
And it remains a roadside attraction! So for those travelling through the interior of BC near Nelson, it’s a quick little jaunt to the Glass House.
You can learn more about the Glass House here! If you do think of visiting, make sure to call ahead and make sure you’re up to date on local safety guidelines.