Hip-hop artist aims to restore north Tulsa home featured in 1983's 'The Outsiders'

Hip hop artist Danny Boy O'Connor is working to restore a north Tulsa house featured in the 1983 film adaptation of S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders." (Courtesy)

It doesn't look like much today, but the house that sits at 731 N. St. Louis has a story. It was the home of the Curtis brothers, characters in S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders."

The north Tulsa house was featured in the 1983 film adaptation, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise.

In the 30-plus years since the movie's release, the home has fallen into disrepair. But a new campaign could soon restore the structure to its "Greaser" condition.

Danny Boy O'Connor, founding member of hip-hop group House of Pain, has a great love for "The Outsiders." While on tour in 2009, O'Connor visited the house on St. Louis. Shocked by its poor condition, O'Connor says he thought, "Why hasn't anyone stepped in to save this place?"

Cut to 2016, O'Connor and a small group of friends pitched in to buy the Curtis brothers' house. The group is now asking for donations to completely restore the house to its authentic movie condition and turn it into a museum dedicated solely to "The Outsiders."

O'Connor says once the house is restored it will be open to the public, showcasing an extensive collection of "The Outsiders" memorabilia. The group would also like to have the house added to the National Register of Historic Places.

A GoFundMe campaign launched March 30 has raised more than $10,000 of its $75,000 goal.

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