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Milwaukee Tripoli Shrine Center, Eisner Museum and Mary Nohl Home and Sculptures

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Chris and I fell in love with Wisconsin. The people were friendly, the scenery was beautiful, and the roadside attractions and outsider arts were abundant.

Our first stop in Wisconsin was Milwaukee where we serendipitously came across the Tripoli Shrine Center (I had read about it in the past- but, had forgotten to write it down as a place to visit), and visited the Eisner Museum. There are lots of nice old buildings in Milwaukee and we were surprised to find that the city has a fairly hip and youthful feel to it.

After Milwaukee we continued just a little further North of Milwaukee past gorgeous old estates to Fox Point where we visited the home of Mary Nohl. I first heard about Nohl back in the late 1990's on the Canadian television program Weird Homes. I was struck by the fun and quirky spirit of Nohl's sculptures that adorn her home and yard. I was also greatly saddened to hear her talk on the program about how kids in her upscale neighborhood would call her a witch and would damage her sculptures. Mary passed away in 2001 and neighbors in her community wanted her home to be demolished, luckily her home was saved and has been added to the Wisconsin Registry of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places. Unfortunately the home and grounds are not open to the public. The house is surrounded by a tall fence and the neighbors do not like people visiting. The street near the house features No Parking signs so Chris and I took turns getting out of the car and looking at the house. The tall fence made photo taking difficult- but, I was still able to get some photos...

Tripoli Shrine Center (3000 W. Wisconsin Ave.)...

Eisner Museum (208 N. Water St.)...

Mary Nohl's Home and Sculptures...

This post was originally published on November 5, 2009.