A Uniquely Painted House That Started as an Act of Love Becomes a Tourist Destination
When Lubek Jastrzebski and Nancy Nemhauser of Mount Dora, Florida noticed that their 25-year-old autistic son, Chip, kept looking at an art book picture of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” they got inspired: they hired someone to paint a mural of the painting on the wall in front of their house. The city of Mount Dora demanded that they remove it, noting that a house wall had to match the house. Lubek and Nancy complied by painting a Van Gogh mural on their entire house but the city again said to change it. Citing a First Amendment issue, Nancy and Lubek eventually won the right to keep the artistic home the way it was. Now it’s a tourist spot—and an inspiration.