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Explore the Sites Run by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

Explore the Sites Run by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

Founded in 1980, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art opened to "preserve works of extraordinary imagination." Today, it operates several artistic sites around town. Here are a few you can discover near our Houston Heights apartments:

Smither Park

When Smither Park opened, it became Houston's first folk art-inspired green space. It's adjacent to the Orange Show and connects two of the city's most exciting neighborhoods: Third Ward and East End. The park includes the Lindley Fish Amphitheater and the Elkins Pavilion, and more than 300 artists have contributed to the unique works found throughout the property. When weather permits, artists gather at the park on Saturdays to produce mosaic creations. They enjoy meeting visitors, and you might be able to show off your artistic skills.  

Orange Show Monument

When postal worker Jeff McKissack decided to honor his favorite fruit, the Orange Show Monument was born. He single-handedly built the piece between 1956 and 1979. Jeff used found materials and produced a unique work you won't find anywhere else. It includes a stage, pond, wishing well,  and even a gift shop.  The monument is open on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Admission is five dollars. 

Beer Can House 

In 1965, John Milkovisch started inlaying marbles, rocks, and metal pieces into redwood and concrete to create a one-of-a-kind landscaping feature. After he covered his entire yard, he flattened beer cans and added them to the side of his house. The project took 18 years to complete. It's believed that more than 50,000 cans cover the home. You can visit the property on the weekends between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Admission is five dollars. 

After visiting these unique sites, enjoy tacos and other Mexican favorites at a nearby restaurant. To call Lincoln Heights home, please contact us. Our leasing team will help you discover everything our luxury apartments in Houston have to offer. 

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