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Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2017.


In 1956, Tressa Prisbrey began construction on her Bottle Village, an example of 20th Century folk art. Tressa was about 61 years old when she began her 25 year dedication to building shrines, walkways, 20 sculptures, and 13 buildings from items recovered from the dump. Bottles and concrete comprise most of the building materials. The 33 structures cover 1/3 of an acre. Grandma Prisbrey continued working on her Bottle Village until 1981,

Following the death of Ms. Prisbrey in 1988, the community planned to preserve the site. The 1994 Northridge earthquake caused damage to the delicate constructions and the community is making a determination as to how to best preserve or restore the works. Community groups are attempting to raise money for the restoration.

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village is California Registered Historical Landmark Number 939 and Ventura County Landmark (number behind bush in my photos). It is located at 4600 Cochran Street between Tapo and Stearns in Simi Valley.
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