Mansion made from trash: Poor man’s Hearst Castle
Located on the outskirts of Cambria, Calif., Nit Wit Ridge is made entirely of trash and took 50 years to complete.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Especially when it comes to Nitt Wit Ridge, a one-of-a-kind "castle" that was constructed using pieces of recycled trash including beer cans, toilets, abalone shells, car parts, and even some broken tiles thrown away by the Hearst building crew.
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Built by Arthur Harold Beal, aka Captain Nitt Wit or Der Tinkerpaw, the 90-year-old two-and-a-half acre home on the outskirts of Cambria, California (just down the road from Hearst Castle) is a Historic Landmark in the area and a fine example of folk art, reports Oddity Central.
Beal, a local trash hauler, embarked on the project in 1928. A hoarder decades before obsessive collecting hit the reality TV circuit, the rubbish lover saved everything he could get his hands on. Over the course of nearly a lifetime, he taught himself basic construction skills, and, using trash, built and intricate network of terrace gardens, ornamental stone arches, buildings, fountains and walkways.
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When Beal passed away in 1992 at the age of 96, his ashes were spread around his favorite redwood on Nitt Wit Ridge. Since then, the property has been owned by Michael and Stacey O’Malley, who will arrange tours for people looking for a less (ahem) grandiose experience compared to their nearby neighbor.
Read more about this unique piece of architecture and how it was built here.
Photo: Danita Delimont/Alamy
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