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The Orange Show: One Man’s Devotion to the Orange

by Jan Schroder
Wishing Well sign at Beer Can House

I’m not sure I’m passionate enough about anything to dedicate my entire home to it. But two men in Houston did, resulting in the Beer Can House and The Orange Show.

Retired postman Jeff McKissack so loved the orange he worked from 1956 to 1980 welding and constructing his home into pathways, exhibits, arenas and walls with mosaic sayings dedicated to the benefits of the fruit.

After his death, a non-profit was formed to preserve it and it opened to the public in 1982. In 1984 the foundation commissioned the Fruitmobile, which led to the Houston Art Car Parade.

Entrance to The Orange Show

The entrance to The Orange Show, located in a quiet neighborhood in Houston.

scene from The Orange Show

The Orange Show has various arenas with raised seating, perhaps for shows dedicated to the orange?

scene from The Orange Show

When in doubt, add a lion to your decor.

Wishing Well sign at Beer Can House

Jeff McKissack incorporated a lot of mosaics into his home, including this sign by a well.

See related story: Beer Can House: 50,000 cans on a home in Houston

– Jan Schroder, Editor in chief

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