Glass Bottle House
Glass Bottle House
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Kootenays Road Trip: The Glass Bottle House
5.0 of 5 bubblesAug 2022
After departing the ferry at Kootenay Bay, we drove to the Glass Bottle House. After 35 years in the funeral business, Mr. David Brown practiced ultimate recycling by collecting 600,000 empty glass bottles that were used to hold embalming fluid to construct this unusual roadside attraction. This venture took ten years of visiting friends and former colleagues to obtain these containers. (As a side note, we learned these bottles are made of plastic now but the present owners have a supply of glass ones to perform repairs). His first build was a home with three main rooms for himself and his family. A well-versed guide gave us a tour of the 1200 square foot abode. We learned that during the winter months, family descendants still occupy the home. The upper floors are private and closed to the public. We were particularly fascinated by a taxidermied peacock called Prince Charles who sits in the living room in all his feathered glory. The kitchen still has operational old-time appliances including a fridge and stove. Next, we self-toured the grounds, enjoying the many winding pathways bordered by colourful flowers of all types. We walked over a bridge, also made of glass bottles and followed the path to the shores of Kootenay Lake. A waterwheel and wishing well are also a part of this wonderful place. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are inhabitants of another part of the garden. As we continued our walk, we saw a graceful archway, several tower-like structures and many staircases. We found the staff to be extremely knowledgeable, friendly as well as professional.

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Lyle G
Spanish Fork, UT8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A truly unique house in a beautiful location. I was part of a group of motorcyclists on a ride through the Canadian Rockies, and we stopped on the recommendation of one of the local riders. Not only is this place cool because of the unique architecture, but it is like a trip in a time machine. The kitchen appliances, for example, are like the ones I grew up with more than half a century ago, but it looks like you could whip up a dinner at a moments notice. It is also interesting to see how Mr. Brown made use of small spaces in the house, and made use of the bottles in contructing other things outside.

The tour guide was a very nice person, and was happy to answer questions. After our tour, we were free to explore the grounds and take photos.

If I ever return to the Kootenay Lake area with my family, we will be sure to visit the Glass Bottle House.
Written March 15, 2020
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Crystal T
Portland, OR86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
If you're on Highway 3A, the speed limit doesn't allow you to go faster than 60 km/hr anyway, so you are practically crawling. May as well stop and see this amazing place built entirely of embalming fluid bottles. David H. Brown owned a mortuary and had other connections in the business. Rather than discard the bottles, he found a way to use them in construction, and saved his own and then collected bottles from his peers. Our tour guide was a granddaughter and she said that 600,000 bottles were used to build her grandparents' home. The home decor has been preserved from when it was lived in, and the details are charming, from the orange shag rug to the triangle pots in the tiny kitchen. Once you are guided through the inside of the home, you are free to wander the property, and explore the whimsical place filled with garden gnomes, glass towers (one you can climb!), a glass arch, wishing well, a glass vista point over the lake, and beautiful gardens. There is even a tiny museum with Mr. Brown's mortuary certificate, as well as tools he used to build the place, and photos of construction. It's unlikely you'll ever see anything like this again, so well worth the time and the price.
Written September 28, 2022
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Ahlum
Vancouver, Canada479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Dropped by this unique house made of 250,000+ glass bottles by Mr D.H. Brown on my way to Creston. A brief introductory guide from staff in the glass house and then free to roam about the whole property. Tranquil outdoor terrace overlooking the lake. Beautiful flowery landscape everywhere. Kids will find this place interesting.
Written August 22, 2021
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AnnaChuckTaco
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
We visited the Glass house this past Sept 2021. Wow! Our tour was led by the adult granddaughter. We had a great chat with her about the area. What a unique property! You must stop here when enroute to the ferry - the water view from the property is amazing.
Written October 7, 2021
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Susan S
Athol, ID33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
I really enjoyed this whimsical house, made of embalming bottles. There are lots of gnomes and cute things and flowers all over. The man who built it all was so creative. I think it's worth an admission fee... $10 may be a little high, but they need to pay the staff. This is definitely worth the stop, the views if the lake are awesome.
Written July 29, 2018
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Betty Q
Spokane, WA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
The glass house was begun in 1952 when David Brown retired from 35 years in the funeral business. For years funeral homes had begun to discard empty embalming fluid bottles. Mr. Brown traveled western Canada collecting these bottles from many of his friends in this profession until he had acquired 500,000 of the square shaped bottles. They weighed 250 tons in all. The house itself sits upon solid rock and is built in a cloverleaf pattern with the main room in circular shape, 48 feet in length, 24 feet wide and with the upstairs room, it contains 1,200 square feet of floor space. This is a site to see with its 500 dozen flowers bordering pathways. The house closes at the BC Thanksgiving week but even if not able to get in to see it is worth the stop to inspect from the outside. The Brown family continually are adding on to the landscape. I don't know if there is a fee, or bathroom facilities as we stopped after the house had been closed for the year
Written December 26, 2014
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hungrytraveller_9
Cranbrook, Canada42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011
Visited Glass House, amazing what a visionary/ultimate recycler can do!
Written September 12, 2011
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icemanRBP
Creston, BC10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
It is so amazing to see what this gentleman did just by recycling some old embalming fluids. Mixing in the buildings made this way, along with the beautiful walkways and Snow White and The Dwarfs theme, makes for an absolutely enchanting time. The views of the lake are also gorgeous.
Written January 15, 2019
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Brownfish35
Surrey, Canada21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
This place is worth the stop. So interesting, we were there in the summer and it wasn't too crowded. I have seen a couple others but not totally made from bottles
Written March 15, 2017
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65Laurie
Calgary, Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
There is no other place like the Glass Bottle House. The beautiful winding road along the Kootenay Lake, or the longest free ferry ride in the world...they are all part of the gorgeous journey that will lead you to this must-see attraction. Take the time to thoroughly enjoy the tour of the home as well as the gardens. Wrap your mind around the era when this amazing man, David H. Brown, decided to build this home and surrounding area using empty embalming fluid bottles. It began in 1952. Be sure to view the pictures and enjoy the history of this unique site. If you happen to come around the bend and miss this attraction, TURN AROUND. I have been here several times over the 22 years of visiting the area. I love sharing the experience with friends. This venue is appropriate for couples, families, or on your own. A guide will take you through the home and then leave you to tour the grounds at your leisure. The entrance fee is $10. (if I remember correctly) and there is a small gift shop where you can buy a treat if you need one. ( I bought a bracelet made in Ottawa) All the prices are very fair.
Written March 9, 2017
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