THE WITCH’S HOUSE

Milwaukee Magazine - - Insider -

The for­mer home of out­sider artist Mary Nohl (who died in 2001) at 7328 N. Beach Dr. is un­der­go­ing a restora­tion that in­cludes a col­lec­tion of play­ful and weird con­crete sculp­tures that crouch, slump and sit in the house’s yard. The John Michael Kohler Arts Cen­ter in She­boy­gan once hoped to re­make the house into a pub­lic mu­seum, but now, af­ter a more than 10-year strug­gle with neigh­bors who think the prop­erty is an eye­sore, the restora­tion’s main goal “is just to save it,” says ex­hi­bi­tions man­ager Jo Bjork­man. Dur­ing Nohl’s life­time, the menagerie sur­round­ing the struc­ture was in con­stant flux, so the re­stor­ers are at­tempt­ing “to res­ur­rect and freeze a mo­ment in time, pos­si­bly the late 1980s, when she was work­ing there,” says Bjork­man.

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