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Kaleva Bottle House

John J. Makinen, Sr., (1871 - 1942) built this house out of over 60,000 bottles, most of which came from his business, the Northwestern Bottling Works. The bottles were laid on their sides with the bottom ends to the exterior. A native of Finland, Makinen moved to the area in 1903. He completed the house in 1941, but died before his family moved into it. In 1980 the building was purchased by the Kaleva Historical Society, which renovated it to house the Kaleva Historical Museum.

It was a dull and dreary rainy day, which was good for close-ups of the bottles (no glare), but I will go back on a bright day to see what the house looks like in the sun.
Kaleva Bottle House
Kaleva Bottle House
Details
Details
Another rainy day
Another rainy day
Decoration
Decoration
Foundation
Foundation
Wall
Wall
Kaleva bottles
Kaleva bottles
Roman Cleanser
Roman Cleanser
Faygo (Detroit-made soda)
Faygo (Detroit-made soda)
Hiram Walker
Hiram Walker