We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is the Kaleva Bottle House?

Mary McMahon
By
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
UnitedStatesNow is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At UnitedStatesNow, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The Kaleva Bottle House is a house in Kaleva, Michigan which is built from glass bottles. This remarkable structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, and it is also listed by the State of Michigan as a historic site. Visitors to Kaleva often make time to visit the Kaleva Bottle House, which is open to the public for tours on some days during the summer months, and by special arrangement.

The house was built in 1941 by John J. Makinen, a Finnish immigrant who conveniently happened to own a bottle manufacturing company. As the bottoms of the bottles testify, many of the bottles used in the Kaleva Bottle House came from Makinen's factory. To build the house, Makinen laid the bottles on their sides and cemented them together, in a technique known as bottle wall construction. The bottoms of the bottles face outwards, and Makinen arranged the bottles carefully to create colored patterns and designs, spelling the words “happy home” on the front of the house.

In addition to looking quite intriguing, there are some distinct advantages to bottle wall construction. Bottle walls are very thick, by their nature, providing lots of insulation, which can be very useful in Michigan's climate. In the winter, a bottle wall house would be warm, and in the summer, the thick walls would help to keep the house cool. Bottle wall construction is also very solid, and fire resistant, although of course the home is roofed with wood and fitted on the inside with wooden fixtures.

Alas, John J. Makinen passed away before he could move into the Kaleva Bottle House, and the home ultimately ended up being acquired by the Kaleva Historical Society, which opened it to the public after an extensive remodel. The Kaleva Historical Society also uses the home as a museum, housing various artifacts of interest from Michigan's history. Many of these artifacts are related to Kaleva's Finnish community and founders.

Bottle houses can also be found in other regions of the world, and people continue to build them, or to use bottle wall construction to create accents in their home. The Kaleva Bottle House has become particularly famous thanks to the meticulous preservation of the structure and the efforts of the Kaleva Historical Society, which works hard to preserve the history of the region.

UnitedStatesNow is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Link to Sources
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a UnitedStatesNow researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

Mary McMahon

Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
UnitedStatesNow, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

UnitedStatesNow, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.