Historic Former Home Of Artist Mary Nohl May Soon Be Dismantled

Mary Nohl House May Be Taken Down And Moved To Sheboygan

The Mary Nohl House in Fox Point. Photo: Mirandala (CC-BY-NC-ND).

An artist’s former home that’s been called one of Wisconsin’s most endangered historic locations may soon be dismantled and moved to an arts center in Sheboygan.

Art advocate Polly Morris said public access to the Mary Nohl House in the Milwaukee suburb of Fox Point is nearly impossible.

“As with all properties like this located in small communities, part of preserving them is negotiating with village or town officials and neighbors to see how much access is possible,” said Morris. “You can’t always make the assumption that you can just walk in and have complete access to a site.”

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Some in the arts community say they understand restrictions on public access but insist that the late artist’s home remain in its original location. The debate over the Mary Nohl house, and over preserving where art is created, will continue at a public forum on Thursday night in the Milwaukee Art Museum.