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This house draws a lot of attention to itself, and yet, it feels desolate.
This house draws a lot of attention to itself, and yet, it feels desolate.

What's up with the creepy puppet house?

I drove by this peculiar house with the large paper mache children in the store front window hundreds of times in my life, but today, I stopped the car and knocked on the door. Nobody answered.

It looks as if at one time the house -- located at 3702 N. Richards St. --  was a business, perhaps a tavern, but it appears as if currently it's occupied by a private residence. With a little digging, I learned it was built in 1922 and was most recently purchased in April of 2005.

Someone obviously arranged the front window into this creepy but artistic scene, and these paper mache figures -- that actually might be puppets -- have been in the window for at least a few years.

The house and yard are well maintained, but I never see anyone coming or going. I am totally intrigued by this property. Anyone got info?

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mjames1229 | Sept. 23, 2010 at 8:24 a.m. (report)

In this view, there are no puppets....

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=3702+N.+Richards+St.&hl=en&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=3702+N+Richards+St,+Milwaukee,+Wisconsin+53212&ll=43.084009,-87.907045&spn=0,0.004801&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=43.084106,-87.907418&panoid=m8jqCYIXSh2zOP9VStwGug&cbp=12,99.92,,0,5

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lilywaters | Aug. 27, 2010 at 12:23 p.m. (report)

i was in this place when my then boyfriend and i were looking for a place for him to buy that he could live in it and have studio space. i hope the current owner has lots of spare cash because it was a mess at that time. the bar area was way cool and had lots of potential and the no-neighbor location was perfect (imagine a loud band who could be that much louder), but the rest of the pace stank, was littered with crap everywhere and would have taken more work and dough than a drummer could afford fron doing gigs at circle a. we were told that the place had belonged to a very old guy who died and i think he may have been incontinent. in every corner. with his cat.

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alexisdrake | Aug. 12, 2010 at 2:46 p.m. (report)

maybe you should write about more important things in life and not call people's homes creepy...i wish i had never seen this article.

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alexisdrake | Aug. 11, 2010 at 7:25 p.m. (report)

i now have learned to stay off the internet and keep my thoughts to myself...i always seem to offend certain people. ..peace and love...over and out...

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PuppetHouseBonnie | Aug. 11, 2010 at 6:41 p.m. (report)

Hi Molly,

Wow- imagine my surprise to see an article about my art studio posted on OnMilwaukee.com! My name is Bonnie and Im a former art teacher and current artist. My husband and I bought this place (youre correct, it used to be a tavern frequented by the area factory workers) a few years ago for me to use as a studio as we find it to be a nice quiet place in the city. I think some of my neighbors would take offense at calling it the ghetto -- its a perfect place for me to do my artwork and having local businesses as neighbors are great!

About the paper mache characters I cant take credit for them, theyre just some of the funky pieces of folkart Ive collected over the years. Theres a lot of interesting artwork inside and Id welcome you over for a visit if you wanted to see it.

Take care everyone,
Bonnie

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