Posted by: cherylyoung | August 3, 2013

The famous Glass House in Boswell was built from over half a million discarded embalming fluid bottles.

The Famous Glass House in Boswell.

This unusual roadside attraction was

 built from over half a million discarded

embalming fluid bottles.


  In 1952, David H. Brown retired from 35

years in the funeral business.

 It occurred to Mr. Brown that there should

be some practical use to put the bottles to.

And, it was all started, to quote Mr. Brown,

“to indulge a whim of a peculiar nature”.


Mr. Brown travelled western Canada

collecting bottles from many of his friends

in the funeral profession, until he had

acquired 500,000 of the square shaped

bottles, weighing 250 tons in all.

The house itself sits upon solid rock.

Built in a cloverleaf pattern with three

main rooms, circular shape, 48 feet in

length, 24 feet wide and with the upstairs

room, it contains 1,200 sq ft of floor space.

Entering the grounds, the visitors are

welcomed by a mountain stream trickling

over a moss-covered water wheel which

brings to life the dwarf inhabitants nestled

around the wishing well.

Over 320 dozen flowers border pathways

and entice visitors from the terrace over a

bridge also built of glass bottles.

 A winding path beneath the bridge leads to

the rocky lakeshore and a lookout called

the lighthouse which offers a spectacular

view of beautiful Kootenay Lake.

Tours of the estate are available seven days

a week, May to October.

 Gift shop also located on property just 25

miles north of Creston on the shores of

Kootenay Lake.


The Glass House Box 64 Boswell, BC VOB 1AO Phone: 250-223-8372 Fax: 250-223-8332 Email:

The small lakeside resort town of Boswell is located

 on the east shore of the south arm of Kootenay Lake,

south of Lockhart Beach Park.

Location: Boswell is located on Highway 3A on the

eastern shore of Kootenay Lake, 24 miles (38 km)

south of the eastern terminal of the Kootenay Lake

ferry at Kootenay Bay, and 28 miles (44 km) north of


Nearby Lockhart Beach Provincial Park is a small,

beautifully forested park offering a hiking trail along

Lockhart Creek, a nice sandy beach and a picnic/day-

use area.

Anglers can try their luck for Rainbow trout,

which are plentiful in Lockhart Creek.






VICRORIA BC cbythesea@


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