Sunday, December 11, 2005

Frah-JEE-LAY - The House on Cleveland Street

Talk about a nostalgic house restoration: here's one! The classic craftsman house in that most awesome(for me) of all xmas movies, A Christmas Story sold on ebay this year. Here's the story .

Since its starring role in the 1983 movie, it's been remuddled with everyone's favorite: vinyl siding and new windows. Fortunately (I hope) the guy who bought it wants to restore it and turn it into a museum where he sells his kitschy (and oh how i want one) leg lamps. He's raising money from regular folks and corporate sponsors alike and i really hope he blogs his restoration progress. Check out his site for more info:



At 12/12/2005 05:14:00 AM, Blogger Patricia W said...

That movie is a Christmas favorite of mine too. I can't believe how the current owners messed it up with the vinyl and all. I hope he makes lots of dough with the 'Italian' leg lamps!

At 12/12/2005 07:28:00 AM, Blogger Kendra said...

I LOVE THIS MOVIE! Thanks for the info on the house - hopefully the guy who bought it will do as well on the restoration as you two have done on yours! :)

At 12/12/2005 02:37:00 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I LOVE that movie! So good to know the house will be saved - and hopefull un-vinyled.

At 12/12/2005 02:42:00 PM, Blogger derek said...

I used to think of that movie when our furnace would stop working. The father had a lifelong struggle with the furnace.

At 12/13/2005 08:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so awesome. A great movie! and a great house. Thanks for the link!!

At 12/13/2005 09:46:00 PM, Blogger Scott in Washington said...

I was going to post, "Ooh, Ia-talian!" but its already been done, so I won't.

At 2/18/2006 04:20:00 PM, Blogger Red Rider Leg Lamps said...

Well the restoration is in full swing. There is much work to do. Two industiral size roll away dumpsters were need to hall all of the demo work. The house was build in 1895 and has long been an up and down duplex. The electrical and plumbing have been run and the stair way is in the works to return it to a single family. I got a lot of great pictures of the interior set from the movie from Ian Petrella who played the little brother Randy this past weekend. They are some great behind the scenes shot that even include the sets of some of the deleted scenes from the movie. It was really awesome of him to let me make copies of his personal photo album from the movie. They will make a great display at the museum. I hope to be able to post pictures on the website in the next month or so of the house restoration. Once my contractor works out some issues with the building inspector. The house will open this Thanksgiving weekend. If you want more information about the house drop me a line at or visit the website about the house.

Owner of A Christmas Story House


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