The Outsiders House Museum
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
"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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.