The Outsiders House Museum

$75,535 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 652 people in 31 months
Hello everyone, my name is Danny Boy O'Connor. I am one of the founding members of the Hip-Hop group, House of Pain, as well as a collective of urban explorers known as the Delta Bravo Urban Exploration Team.  Those who know me know that I'm one of the biggest fans of S.E. Hinton's book and Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of The Outsiders.

It was in 2009 when I ended up in Tulsa on tour and made my first pilgrimage to the actual house, better known to fans as "The Curtis Brothers house," that was used in the filming of the 1983 movie. Located at 731 N. St Louis, Tulsa, OK, I was amazed and equally disturbed by the deteriorating condition of the historic house. I thought to myself, Why hasn't anyone stepped in to save this place?  And why doesn't someone restore it and turn it into an Outsiders museum or something?  

Well, it's 2016 and we felt the time is now to step in as buyers before it fell into further disrepair and perhaps eventual demolition. Just this week we got a small group of friends together and purchased the house, but the battle is far from over.

Unfortunately, the home is in extremely poor condition but there is hope and that's where you come in. We're in dire need of financial support from you, the fan of The Outsiders, to make this a reality.

Now that we purchased the Curtis’ home we need you to help finance the total restoration of this historic house to its authentic movie condition and turn it into the first ever museum dedicated solely to The Outsiders. As you can see by the photos, the house will need to be completely restored and remodeled carefully without losing it’s beautiful “Greaser” charm while also updating the home to modern standards.

Once restored, we plan to open the house to the public and showcase our extensive "Outsiders" collection as a pop culture museum.  

 With your help, we can save this amazing piece of iconic American film history for future generations of fans to discover and enjoy. Please consider contributing generously to this once-in-a-lifetime project; and please share this with your friends who love The Outsiders as much as we do!


Thank you and as always, Stay Gold,

Danny Boy O'Connor
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The last part of fundraising is without a doubt the most difficult so thank you, Jack White, for your generous donation of $30K and getting us to our goal of raising $75K to restore The Outsiders house. We couldn't have done it without your support and for that, I am forever grateful. You truly are a prince among men. Stay Gold! -Danny Boy O'Connor

"There's still a lot of good in the world. Tell Dally. I don't think he knows." -Johnny Cade The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
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The Outsiders House Museum. Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Project Update:
I am excited to share this progress report with all of you. After dealing with multiple zoning and permitting set-backs, we are closer than ever to completing the first phase of development which will allow us to finally have The Outsiders House Museum open for business!

Progress To-Date

After acquiring the property and the core collection pieces, I was able to secure the legal and financial resources needed to establish a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Then, based on the generosity of the GoFundMe community, (and the support of dozens of local businesses!), the following results have been delivered over the past 24 months:

1) Structural, electrical and plumbing renovations to The Outsiders House

2) Acquired and gifted building materials, fixtures, furniture and appliances

3) Thousands of hours of donated labor and professional services

4) Foundation and Construction of our new General Store/Gift Shop

5) Preliminary archiving and indexing of hundreds of artifacts from The Outsiders

With $42,381 of our $75,000 goal raised, this incredible dream is almost a reality ... thanks to you. While it's taken much longer than anyone wanted or expected, we're almost there.

The Gap

By raising the remaining $32,619 in the next few weeks, my team is confident we can complete the remaining build-out items that are keeping us from offering limited tours on Saturdays and Sundays, based on zoning restrictions spelled out by the City of Tulsa.

Here's where we need your help and the help of your friends and family:

We need to raise cash or cash equivalents (specific building materials, etc.) in order to acquire the following:

1) An on-site parking lot for 5 cars ($10,000) in materials as we have a donor who will provide the needed labor at no cost.

2) Security fencing/gates around the property perimeter ($10,000)

3) Interior/Exterior lighting, fixtures, furniture and point-of-sale equipment ($12,000)

Once these last few items are knocked out right, we can begin offering up to five one-hour tours a day on Saturdays and Sundays, for up to 20 people per tour. These tours will allow the Museum to begin generating the income we need to become self-sustaining.

Based on the limited parking space at The Outsiders House, we've identified a nearby parking lot that people can park at and get on a comfortable tour bus to visit not only The Outsiders House Museum but all the important film locations in the neighborhood. To pull this off, we believe we can fund these additions by selling unique merchandise and by securing a few key sponsorships.

But we won't be able to pull this off without you, so please get the word out and help us close the gap! I've included a few recent pictures so you can see our most recent developments.

Thanks for being a part of this incredible story, and as always, Stay Gold. -Danny Boy O’Connor
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Update: We were hoping to have the museum opened by months end, as March 25th marks the 35th anniversary of the theatrical release of The Outsiders. Unfortunately, we are in a holding pattern as we are having to resubmit our original plans to include parking on the premises, per the city's request. Once the parking is complete and approved, we plan on being ready by mid to late Summer to welcome guests to the Museum. Thanks for your patience and continued support.Stay Gold -Danny Boy O'Connor
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UPDATE: Looking at this picture taken of The Outsiders house right before we bought it, It's amazing to look back and see just how far we've come. I want you to know that we're still working on the house as much as possible in one way or another, and we're hoping to have the museum open to the public in the next few months, God willing. There is still a lot of work to be done as we've added a couple extra builds into the original plan but we're getting closer to achieving our goal every day. We also have an upcoming meeting with the City of Tulsa so that we can get the approval needed to turn the property from a residential lot into a commercial lot for a museum. These things take time and we want to do the job right so I appreciate your patience during the rebuilding phase. All things considered, we've come a long way and once we're finished I think you'll be truly amazed at what we've been able to accomplish together. Thanks again to all of you who have helped us in turning the dream of an Outsiders museum into a reality. Stay Gold. -Danny Boy O'Connor (The Outsiders House Museum)
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Debbie McKinnis Lapham
31 months ago

What a great project. I was in high school in Tulsa when this was filmed. A fellow student was the stand in for Matt Dillon. I highly suggest you contact the incredible list of young actors that got their start in this film for their support also!

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Mufasa Mann Locke
31 months ago
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7

Shared with Coppola family and Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise. Hope they can help. Good Luck Danny

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Rae Brummett
31 months ago
7
7

I was an extra in the film. It was a great experience. Hope your dream comes true.

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Christina R. Zsolzai Green
31 months ago
7
7

Can we get a look inside? There are several houses in the 3rd & Lewis area slated for demo. Maybe the city will allow for salvage of the Windows and woodwork to keep it authentic.this is a great project.

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Lisa Marie Ramirez
31 months ago
5
5

I live two houses away from this and wondered what all was happening to it since there's a dumpster out back. I used to know some people who lived in it and every time I would walk in the house I would try to picture it as it looked back when it was becoming filmed. I would always see people stop by and take pictures with it, even though it was very bad looking but people didn't care how it looked, they just knew that was a historic landmark of Tulsa. I remember my friends would come over and pick me up and be so in shock about seeing the actual house, it would give me joy. Now seeing it being rebuilt and back to good looking, gives me joy and happiness. Thanks so much guys! Hope all goes well!

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Crystal Secrist Layer
30 months ago
4
4

I was in this movie when I was 5 years old. Was attending Lowell Elementary (the last year it was open). This was one of the funnest things I ever done. Even though I live in TX now I drive by the old park and school that I lived across the street from when I come home. I can't wait to see this when its restored and open!

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Joe Schellinger
31 months ago
4
4

Delta Bravo does it better.

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Alan Glasco
31 months ago
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3

If they open up the house as a museum I can give the information (floorplans and discriptions) of the Bar (square building which was originally 'The Rosedew Egg Farm"). Maybe someone could make a model of the now gone structure. I lived in the bar/egg farm house back in the mid to late 60's.

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Patricia Terry
31 months ago
3
3

You should contact the local new stations here in town they would be able to get the word out to the community much faster and could definitely create some interest from the arts community here.

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Lara Burkholder
31 months ago
2
2

I wish I could help, but I am so excited to hear about this renovation I absolutely love this movie and book. I found out about this book back in the seventh grade when I worked in my school library and then had to have l S.E. Hinton. Now my children know about her from reading in school and of course me. Great job on what you are doing my prayers go to you for success.

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David R. Clark
31 months ago
2
2

Unable to help with a contribution, but can give you my professional skill to help with the restoration. I'm a contract painter. Make connection with me in FB. David R Clark---Tulsa

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Rebecca Holder
31 months ago
2
2

I teach this book in my Lit class and can remember the day the movie came out. One of my favorite books ever. I will donate come payday! (Im a teacher so dont expect much.) Do it for Johnny!

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Lori Sheirer
31 months ago
2
2

Awesome!!!! Yes I will donate!! Hope to see it someday...I was a huge fan of the book then an even bigger fan of the movie!! If there is any left over how about replacing the fountain?? Stay Gold!

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Anissa Reynolds-Horton
31 months ago
2
2

Yes, i was thinking the same thing Debbie. See if the actors would be interested in helping finance this project. RIP Patrick Swayze. I want to help when i can.

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Provin Martin
31 months ago
2
2

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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Rob Puzo Jr.
29 months ago
1
1

Do it for Jonny!

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Liz Amelia
31 months ago
1
1

Please get a website up. I think it will help with donations. The link to a website on your twitter is not working.

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Travis McLarty
31 months ago
1
1

This is an amazing idea! I have loved this book and movie forever and I am soooo glad someone is finally doing this! I visited Cleveland, OH a few years back and they did this same thing with the house from the movie "A Christmas Story" ... It was amazing: The house restored and gave tours and the house across the street was a museum of artifacts. Hope this project turns out as well as that did! (Might want to consider them as a template? And the properties next door and have a separate building for the museum???) Good Luck! Looking forward to visiting when it's completed!!!

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Becky Reed
31 months ago
1
1

I have spent a lot of time in that house, my sister lived there and one of my very best friends from school lived there, this was before the movie was filmed. Many fond memories of that place!

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Emmaly Pearman Ritchie
31 months ago
1
1

Thank you so much for taking an interest in this house. My husbands grandpa owned that home until he passed away. We were told lots of stories about the guys and the filming of the movie. At the time of his passing we couldn't afford to do anything with the house and asked the city to buy it and do something like this with it. They were not interested. Up until the day he died the house stayed the same even the stove. Please keep us updated on the progress. If we can help in anyway let us know. The garage has been torn down since he passed but that's where the hung out between sets.

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Brian Bovaird
1 hour ago

Christi allowed a great photo of Kody Shepherd with Tommy Howell, with a promissory note from me :) Thanks! Kody has lived a life of Pony Boy, but actually was at the Boy's Home! He stays Gold...

BW
$10
Brian Wilson
19 days ago

I grew up in Sperry, Oklahoma and lived not far from this house. I'm not there now, but I love the book and the film. This place should be saved.

$5
James Ham
1 month ago

One of my all time favorite books/ movies!

KS
$250
Kendra & Asher Simon
1 month ago
1
1

Keep up the good work!

JW
$30,000
Jack White
1 month ago (Offline Donation)

Offline donation from Jack White. Stay Gold.

$2,134
Anonymous
1 month ago (Offline Donation)
7
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Debbie McKinnis Lapham
31 months ago

What a great project. I was in high school in Tulsa when this was filmed. A fellow student was the stand in for Matt Dillon. I highly suggest you contact the incredible list of young actors that got their start in this film for their support also!

+ Read More
Mufasa Mann Locke
31 months ago
7
7

Shared with Coppola family and Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise. Hope they can help. Good Luck Danny

+ Read More
Rae Brummett
31 months ago
7
7

I was an extra in the film. It was a great experience. Hope your dream comes true.

+ Read More
Christina R. Zsolzai Green
31 months ago
7
7

Can we get a look inside? There are several houses in the 3rd & Lewis area slated for demo. Maybe the city will allow for salvage of the Windows and woodwork to keep it authentic.this is a great project.

+ Read More
Lisa Marie Ramirez
31 months ago
5
5

I live two houses away from this and wondered what all was happening to it since there's a dumpster out back. I used to know some people who lived in it and every time I would walk in the house I would try to picture it as it looked back when it was becoming filmed. I would always see people stop by and take pictures with it, even though it was very bad looking but people didn't care how it looked, they just knew that was a historic landmark of Tulsa. I remember my friends would come over and pick me up and be so in shock about seeing the actual house, it would give me joy. Now seeing it being rebuilt and back to good looking, gives me joy and happiness. Thanks so much guys! Hope all goes well!

+ Read More
Crystal Secrist Layer
30 months ago
4
4

I was in this movie when I was 5 years old. Was attending Lowell Elementary (the last year it was open). This was one of the funnest things I ever done. Even though I live in TX now I drive by the old park and school that I lived across the street from when I come home. I can't wait to see this when its restored and open!

+ Read More
Joe Schellinger
31 months ago
4
4

Delta Bravo does it better.

+ Read More
Alan Glasco
31 months ago
3
3

If they open up the house as a museum I can give the information (floorplans and discriptions) of the Bar (square building which was originally 'The Rosedew Egg Farm"). Maybe someone could make a model of the now gone structure. I lived in the bar/egg farm house back in the mid to late 60's.

+ Read More
Patricia Terry
31 months ago
3
3

You should contact the local new stations here in town they would be able to get the word out to the community much faster and could definitely create some interest from the arts community here.

+ Read More
Lara Burkholder
31 months ago
2
2

I wish I could help, but I am so excited to hear about this renovation I absolutely love this movie and book. I found out about this book back in the seventh grade when I worked in my school library and then had to have l S.E. Hinton. Now my children know about her from reading in school and of course me. Great job on what you are doing my prayers go to you for success.

+ Read More
David R. Clark
31 months ago
2
2

Unable to help with a contribution, but can give you my professional skill to help with the restoration. I'm a contract painter. Make connection with me in FB. David R Clark---Tulsa

+ Read More
Rebecca Holder
31 months ago
2
2

I teach this book in my Lit class and can remember the day the movie came out. One of my favorite books ever. I will donate come payday! (Im a teacher so dont expect much.) Do it for Johnny!

+ Read More
Lori Sheirer
31 months ago
2
2

Awesome!!!! Yes I will donate!! Hope to see it someday...I was a huge fan of the book then an even bigger fan of the movie!! If there is any left over how about replacing the fountain?? Stay Gold!

+ Read More
Anissa Reynolds-Horton
31 months ago
2
2

Yes, i was thinking the same thing Debbie. See if the actors would be interested in helping finance this project. RIP Patrick Swayze. I want to help when i can.

+ Read More
Provin Martin
31 months ago
2
2

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

+ Read More
Rob Puzo Jr.
29 months ago
1
1

Do it for Jonny!

+ Read More
Liz Amelia
31 months ago
1
1

Please get a website up. I think it will help with donations. The link to a website on your twitter is not working.

+ Read More
Travis McLarty
31 months ago
1
1

This is an amazing idea! I have loved this book and movie forever and I am soooo glad someone is finally doing this! I visited Cleveland, OH a few years back and they did this same thing with the house from the movie "A Christmas Story" ... It was amazing: The house restored and gave tours and the house across the street was a museum of artifacts. Hope this project turns out as well as that did! (Might want to consider them as a template? And the properties next door and have a separate building for the museum???) Good Luck! Looking forward to visiting when it's completed!!!

+ Read More
Becky Reed
31 months ago
1
1

I have spent a lot of time in that house, my sister lived there and one of my very best friends from school lived there, this was before the movie was filmed. Many fond memories of that place!

+ Read More
Emmaly Pearman Ritchie
31 months ago
1
1

Thank you so much for taking an interest in this house. My husbands grandpa owned that home until he passed away. We were told lots of stories about the guys and the filming of the movie. At the time of his passing we couldn't afford to do anything with the house and asked the city to buy it and do something like this with it. They were not interested. Up until the day he died the house stayed the same even the stove. Please keep us updated on the progress. If we can help in anyway let us know. The garage has been torn down since he passed but that's where the hung out between sets.

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