“‘A Christmas Story’ house getting renovated”, October 14, 2005, wkyc.com NBC, Cleveland

Link to Original Story by Dan Stadler

CLEVELAND — If you rebuild it — they will come. That’s the hope of a California man, who is turning the house in Cleveland where the classic, A Christmas Story was filmed into a museum.
And no one had to triple dog dare him either.

But there’s a lot of work ahead before any one walks down memory lane.

Contractor Mike Foster’s job is to figure out the movie blueprint and rebuild the Christmas Story house on West 11th Street, the way we know it.

“The biggest challenge is getting that floor plan and getting this exactly right,? Foster says. ?Nail it on the head.”

He could use a little code-cracking help and a lot of direction from Brian Jones.

Jones owns the home and makes his living selling reproduction leg lamps ? just like the ones featured in the movie.

Jones went frame by frame through the movie, capturing images and making prints for the contractor to follow.

Movie extra, Jim Moralevitz still lives in the same neighborhood where the movie was filmed 22 years ago.

Moralevitz says people from all over the U.S. already come to see the house.

He only sees one problem with the future museum.

I just want to know where everybody is going to park?” he asks.

Jones is working on that. The short-term plan is to open the house to the public for tours this Thanksgiving to coincide with a fundraiser for renovations.

The renovations could take six months.

This Thanksgiving, three child actors and Ralphy?s teacher from the movie are scheduled to come to Cleveland to raise money for the home’s restoration.

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