The new Meryl Streep-Julia Roberts movie August: Osage County was filmed on location at this 100-year old farmhouse in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. It’s standing empty and looking a little forlorn now, but I think the bones of it are beautiful (and a little haunting).
Here’s how it looked in the movie when Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor first pull up to the house:
The movie, which is based on a play by Tracy Letts, is “A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.”
The farmhouse was on the market last year and the listing said, “Own a part of movie history with this Victorian Tidewater home and surround yourself with peace and tranquility! This is the property that Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and other filmed the movie August Osage county! Production updated electrical and added security system.”
I love the big porch. It, like everything else, needs a lot of work, though. This really could double as one of my “Save This Old House” posts!
Inside, you can see there’s some beautiful old woodwork that looks original to the house. And I love that door:
The wallpaper looks original, too. But I’m wondering how much was added for the movie to give it that “old farmhouse look”? Set designers can do amazing things to transform spaces.
You can see the same wallpaper when Meryl Streep comes down the stairs in the movie:
Both Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts nabbed Oscar noms for this movie.
Gotta admit I’m a big Benedict Cumberbatch (and Sherlock) fan, so I was excited to hear he was in this movie, even though it’s a small role.
You can see the wall mural on the wall behind him. Here it is in the listing photo:
Here’s a shot of the cast in the movie sitting around the big table in the dining room:
It was built in 1916 and sits on 22 acres.
The kitchen looks huge in these photos. What would you do with it?
You can see what looks like the same wallpaper from the scene above with Julianne Nicholson, Meryl Streep, and Margo Martindale, in this empty room from the listing:
The house has 5 bedrooms but only 1 bath:
The view from the second-story porch:
The back of the house as seen in the movie shows how many porches it has all the way around — including a screened porch on the side:
A scene from inside the screened porch:
The movie was filmed on location in North-Central Oklahoma, just over the Kansas border.
The tagline is “Misery Loves Family.”
Have you seen it yet? I haven’t, but after my friend Beth did, she wrote, “In lieu of forking out $12 to see August: Osage County, might I recommend having a long, loooooong hot family dinner with a group of the most miserable, hostile, and mean people you know instead?” So now I’m thinking I might just wait for Netflix!
The farmhouse was on the market last year for $250,000 but listing was removed in November, apparently without selling. Interestingly, there are different photos of the house on Zillow now that it’s off the market than were in last year’s listing (which is where I got these). Some of the rooms are furnished and decorated. For example:
It seems to be the same dining room in the movie without the mural, doesn’t it? (Same door and window placement.)
So I wonder if that’s how it looked before the film crew took over? Makes me think that maybe the (convincingly old-looking) wallpaper and mural were perhaps added by the production designers for the movie. If anyone knows more details, fill us in!
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