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National news spotlights Boilermaker’s house

Donald Nichols asked his friend, artist Ralph Herzog, to paint a mural so his granddaughter could count sheep when she visited. (Shane Knee | ShanerShots.com)

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A house in Ohio that was formerly owned by a L-900 (Barberton) Boilermaker made Zillow.com’s “Zillow Gone Wild” gallery for its many mural-bedecked walls, painted by artist Ralph Herzog. According to an Akron Beacon Journal article, which was later picked up by USA Today, the murals were painted in the home when it was owned by Boilermaker Donald Nichols, who was a friend of Herzog, a prominent local artist.

Nichols asked Herzog to paint a variety of murals in his home—including a mural of sheep on a bedroom ceiling. Nichol’s daughter Nicole Carl told the Beacon Journal that her father wanted her daughter “to be able to count the sheep” when she stayed the night with her grandfather.

Nichols died in March 22, and the house caught attention when his children listed it for sale, triggering it to appear on real estate website Zillow.com. Zillow regularly features unusual homes for sale through its social media outlets, under the header “Zillow Gone Wild.”

Read more about Nichols and Herzog and see photos of the home here.

Watch a short video detailing the home’s murals:

(Shane Knee | ShanerShots.com)