Mary Nohl Art Environment
Mary L. Nohl Art Environment
|Location||7328 N. Beach Rd.
Fox Point, Wisconsin
|NRHP Reference #||05001109|
|Added to NRHP||October 3, 2005|
The Mary Nohl Art Environment (also called the Fox Point Art Yard, Fox Point Witch's house and Mary Nohl's house) is a residence in the Milwaukee suburb of Fox Point, Wisconsin. The property, which is filled with folk art created by artist Mary Nohl (1914–2001), is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
After the death of her parents, a sizable inheritance left Mary Nohl the chance to create artworks. She used concrete and found objects such as driftwood, wire and glass to build sculptures. In addition, the exterior and interior are colorfully decorated. Hundreds of works have been cataloged.
Following Nohl's death, the embellished home and sculpture garden were given to the Kohler Foundation for preservation. In 2012, it was transferred to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. After a fruitless, decade-long struggle with the residents of Fox Point to allow limited access by the public, the foundation decided to move the house and its art to a site in Sheboygan County. The house was to be dismantled, starting in the summer of 2014, and rebuilt, at a cost of between one and two million dollars, but the plan was recently canceled. As of April 2015, the house will remain in Fox Point and is expected to be restored.
In addition to her home and artwork, her estate of over $11 million was left to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, which administers the Mary Nohl Foundation to provide arts education for children, and the Mary Nohl Fellowship artists' scholarships among other activities. A biography, Mary Nohl - Inside & Outside, written and designed by Barbara Manger and Janine Smith, respectively, was published in 2008.
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- Manger, Barbara and Smith, Janine (2008). Mary Nohl Inside and Outside. Milwaukee: Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
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- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Pilgrimage to 'witch's house' was a rite of passage"
- Wisconsin Historical Society
- Mary Nohl's House
- Dream world in an American suburb
- A Single Woman is a Witch: Battling to Save the Art Environment of Mary Nohl
- "In Mary's Garden" imagines young Mary Nohl creating her artistic world
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