George's Glass CastleGeorge Plumb (d. 1976)
Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 1N3, Canada
About the Artist/Site
Apparently interested in challenging himself with a new material, retired carpenter George Plumb purchased a single acre in Duncan, British Columbia, in 1962 with the intention of building multiple structures from bottles. He used donated milk, soft-drink, liquor, wine, and antique bottles as well as several television sets to construct a castle, a well, replicas of the Taj Mahal and Leaning Tower of Pisa, and a giant Coca-Cola bottle. An estimated 5,000 bottles were used to build the five-room home known as the Glass Castle. Plumb made swift work of this construction, completing the building in 1963.
A caption from one of the vintage postcards pictured above says, "This castle, made up of over 180,000 bottles of every kind, is situated on the Island Highway, 3 miles south of Duncan. It houses a museum and unique souvenirs."
Plumb died in 1976, and his family maintained the site until sometime in the 1990s. It was then sold to a couple who operated George's Glass Castle as a tourist attraction; however, it was eventually allowed to degrade. Though there was interest in saving Plumb's work, the site was ultimately razed for highway expansion.
Map & Site Information
Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 1N3 ca
Latitude/Longitude: 48.778691 / -123.707942
Causland Memorial Park
Port Townsend, Washington
Comox-Strathcona C, British Columbia
Market Theater Gum Wall
Have pictures? Know More?
Find out how to contribute to this site.
Post your comment
No one has commented on this page yet.