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Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1961
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village, located at 4595 Cochran Street in Simi Valley was built by Tressa 'Grandma' Prisbrey who began construction on her one-third acre lot in 1956 when she was sixty-years-old. She began building so that she would have a place to house her collection of 17,000 commemorative pencils and continued building for another 25 years using recycled bottles and other materials found at a local dump. The end result was a whimsical village of wishing wells, mosaic walkways, fountains, shrines, and 15 structures, including the 'Round House,' 'Dolls Head Shrine', and the 'Leaning Tower of Bottle Village.' Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and in 1981 was declared California Historical Landmark No. 939.
Undated photograph shows visitors to Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village pause beside a wall of beer bottles. The wall is part of the 'Gold Room' which contains more than twenty-two thousand bottles. Sunlight streaming through the amber-colored glass casts a soft golden glow in the interior.; See images #00136074 through #00136079 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village
Folk art--California--Simi Valley
Bottles in art
Bottles--California--Simi Valley
Beer bottles--California--Simi Valley
Mosaics--California--Simi Valley
Men--California--Simi Valley
Women--California--Simi Valley
Buildings--California--Simi Valley
Historic buildings--California--Simi Valley
California Historical Landmarks
Simi Valley (Calif.)
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs
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