The Shoe House at Lincoln Highway Pennsylvania:
The design of the house is really extraordinary! It looks like a real shoe! High-topped design of the shoe looks really cool and fashionable.
The Shoe House was built in 1948 (and completed in 1949) by Colonel Mahlon M. Haines, a colorful “Shoe Wizard,” to help market his business. Although it does not advertise for a shoe business anymore, you can buy ice cream here and take a tour.
The width of the shoe house is 17 feet and the height is 25 feet. There are 2 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen located on 5 various levels.
This giant structural advertisement was originally used as a guest house. In the first year after its completion, elderly couples were invited to stay for a weekend and live like “kings and queens” at Haines' expense.
In the spring of 1987 the Shoe House returned to the Haines family when a granddaughter of the “Shoe Wizard” (Ruth Miller) purchased the building.
|Shoe house, Branddraai Mpumalanga , South-Africa|
More shoe houses around the world:
The ‘shoe house’ of South Africa is the work of artist and hotelier Ron Van Zyl, who built it for his wife Yvonne in 1990. The shoe houses a little museum of sorts, showcasing Van Zyl’s wood carvings. The shoe is part of a complex that includes an eight-chalet guest house, camp site, restaurant, pool and bar.
Shoe house at Mumbai, India:
|Shoe house , Mumbai , India|
This shoe house is built in Kamla Nehru Park, opposite of Hanging Garden, Marine drive, Mumbai. Children like to go up & stand in the balcony to have fun. The Shoe House is supposedly inspired by the nursery rhyme “The Old Woman who Lived in the Shoe”.