Outliving its creator by 14 years, the Nit Wit Ridge mansion still stands strong on its humble yet robust foundations. Sprawled across two-and-a-half acre area in Cambria, California, the seemingly derelict home now belongs to Michael and Stacey O’Malley; the couple acquired it in 1999, when its creator Arthur passed away. Arthur Harold Beal, also known as Captain Nit Wit was a resilient and striving junk collector who constructed this home some 90 years ago using recycled trash only.
Located near the Hearst Castle, the Nit Wit Ridge utilizes miscellaneous trashed items, such as used rocks, beer cans, car parts, old stoves, abalone shells, washer drums and tiles, toward its construction. Being a seasoned, self-taught architect himself, Arthur took over 50 years to build this house from objects that the Cambrians tossed his way. The trash collector dug a 2.5 acre hollow and filled it with trashed objects to lay the foundations of his unusual house.
Aside from flaunting terrace gardens, fountains, walkways, buildings and ornamental stone arches, the greenest mansion ever makes the most of all sorts of natural materials on the property.