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I have relatives in the Milwaukee area, so I’m pretty familiar with the area. After going there a few times a year since I was a child, I feel like I’ve seen everything there is to see. So I was pretty excited to find out about the Mary Nohl House in the suburb of Fox Point. A quick ride up Lake Drive to a woodsy, winding road called Beach Drive, and I was on the shores of Lake Michigan. In the middle of this quiet residential area full of affluent homes is something completely unexpected, a one-of-a-kind folk art experience. After reading about it on-line, I had already seen photos of this folk artist’s lakeside home of fanciful and distorted concrete figures, but it’s still a sight to behold in person. After the death of her parents, Mary Nohl (a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago so she’s no outsider) inherited a sizable fortune to create her artwork, usually sculptures made of concrete and found objects like driftwood, wire and glass. She was known as the “Witch of Fox Point”. Hundreds of statues of fish, monsters, dinosaurs and crude faces fill the garden surrounding her home. After her death in 2001 at the age of 87, local residents considered the site an eyesore and tried to have it demolished. But in 2005, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is currently under the care of the Kohler Foundation, which preserves other folk art buildings and environments throughout the state of Wisconsin. Even though the house’s property is fenced in to protect it from vandals and currently not open to the public, it can be seen up close from the street.

March 2014 Update: It looks the preservation battle has been lost and the house will be moved to Sheboygan.

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