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“Witch House” moving to a new location

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“Witch House” moving to a new location

By Yona Gavino. CREATED Mar 28, 2014

FOX POINT - The Witch House is moving. The controversy over it has been brewing for years.

One look and you'll know why people can't stop staring. They art can look spooky at night, hence the name

"I think it's beautiful,” says onlooker Sarah Chapman-Wilson. “I absolutely think it's artwork. I sympathize with the situation here."

Artist Mary Nohl lived here and created these pieces. Starting this summer, the house will be moved, brick by brick, to Sheboygan County.

"Ultimately, we decided that we just couldn't make it accessible to enough people to enjoy and learn from it," explains Michael Cisler of the John Michael Kohler Art Center.

The center wanted to allow small groups to visit the property and see the art. The Village of Fox Point gets regular complaints about traffic noise and litter from spectators.

"Well, we had proposed some limited access to the property, like access only during certain hours of the day" says Cisler.

The Fox Point Village Manager tells TODAY’S TMJ4 using the property as a "historical exhibit" doesn't comply with the residential zoning. The foundation would've had to apply for a change in zoning, which the Village Manager says they never did.

“We're sorry we couldn't come up with a solution that worked for both of us. We could've made a nice contribution to that neighborhood," adds Cisler.

Until then, the Witch House draws curious viewers. In the future, the house and art will be preserved somewhere in Sheboygan County. It's expected to be open to the public within 5 years.

Yona Gavino

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Yona joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a general assignment reporter in April 2013. Before moving to MIlwaukee, Yona spent two and a half years as a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.