Simi Valley, California: Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village Team Field Report

4595 Cochran St., Simi Valley, CA
Hwy 118/Ronald Reagan Freeway, exit south on Tapo Canyon Rd., turn left/east on Cochran, past Tapo St. Gated, but some of it is visible from the street.
By appt. Public tours listed at (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Donation goes to restoration.
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Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village

Bottle junk folk art environment, a decades-long restoration project since Tressa "Grandma" Prisbrey died in 1988, sits on a small lot in a residential neighborhood. Report...

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Headlight sculpture.

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village

Can't see too much peering in through the fence except baby doll heads on sticks, round walls made with headlights, and mounds and mounds of empty bottles. You can get a glimpse of the mosaic walkway, but I don't see any truly artistic pieces, at least not from my point of view from the fence.

[Aileen, 08/05/2017]

Bottle village.

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village is only open certain times. No apparent schedule. $10 for adults.

[Liz, 03/29/2013]

Definitely a call-ahead attraction, to make sure volunteers are giving the public access that day. It is being restored using funds from donations/admission.

Bottle house.

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village

The Bottle Village is now in the hands of amazing, caring volunteers who schedule tours by appointment. The structures that remain have been "red tagged" as unstable since the 1994 earthquake, so visitors cannot enter, only look in from the outside. The cobblestone walkways, the sculptures and the bottle walls that remain are definitely worth seeing. So much love and heart and imagination went into these creations. It is frustrating that they were allowed to fall into disrepair over the many years since Grandma Prisbery's 1988 death.

The volunteers who are now in charge of the Bottle Village are seriously short of resources. They can use any kind of help, financial donations especially, but also of time and labor to help restore this spectacular property and amazing piece of folk art to its past grandeur. I highly recommend a visit to the Bottle Village and implore people who care about preserving places like this to spread the word about it.

[Nikki Kreuzer, 02/25/2013]
Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village - Preservation Effort

Anyone can help preserve Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village by making a donation of $25 or more to adopt one square foot of the concrete walkway. Donors name and donations will be posted on their web site. All the proceeds will go towards a restoration fund to help preserve and maintain this really important site. I was last at the site in October of 2006 and it is in dire need of funds to help preserve it. The village can be opened for tours by calling 805-584-0572 in advance.

"Pave the Way" to Preserve Bottle Village, PO Box 1412 Simi Valley, CA 93062

Donations are tax deductible! Preserve Bottle Village is a CA 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

Video on the preservation effort.

[Phil Pasquini, 07/22/2007]

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