Exciting update from Mary Louise Schumacher from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is reversing its plans to move the house often called ‘the witch’s house’ from its affluent Fox Point neighborhood to Sheboygan County. Recent research by conservators revealed logistical challenges that could put the art and home at ‘devastating risk,’ said Ruth Kohler, president of the arts center.
‘The outdoor sculptures, which are my favorite part of the whole thing, have to be thought of as not moving — ever,’ she said, adding that they’ve been deemed too fragile to move.
The arts center, which owns the property, announced a year ago that it would move the cottage and artworks because it believed Fox Point would reject a zoning change needed for limited public access. Now, the Kohler will shift its focus to preserving the house in place and also will drop plans for the zoning change.
That also would mean, for the near future, that the house would remain within applicable residential regulations, which could hamper public access. The Kohler plans to put in heating and plumbing systems in the coming months, and have the house ready for a live-in tenant by the summer or fall of 2016.”