Wednesday, December 04, 2013

“Bueller’s House” on the Market

The film was unforgettable. But that house? It left an indelible impression.

Turns out, there’s more than a few reasons. For one thing, it’s special beyond being the abode of Ferris Bueller’s friend. The house was designed by A. James Speyer in 1953. According to TopTenRealEstateDeals:
Speyer was a well-known architect, professor at Illinois Institute of Technology and was Curator of Twentieth Century Paintings and Sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago. The combination of talents between the Roses and James Speyer created what might be considered by some to be the epitome of a sophisticated adult treehouse designed for endless creative inspiration.
No wonder the house he built for designer Ben Rose and his wife Frances in Highland Park, Illinios, remains a mid-century work of art.
At 4,300 square feet, the home consists of four bedrooms and four baths and is situated on one acre of wooded land. In 1958, the house was one of twelve homes in the nation featured in a Bethlehem Steel publication promoting the use of steel framing for residential design.
Fantastic, right? But, of course, it is for this that we mostly recall that house:
We still cringe at remembering the red 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder convertible fall from its jacks and go careening through the plate glass wall into the ravine below. Teenage lesson learned? You can’t remove mileage from an odometer by running a car in reverse. The 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” now a cult classic, starred Matthew Broderick as Ferris, who just wanted to play hookie from school for a day to explore and enjoy the city of Chicago for one last time before the responsibility of college began. 
The house is currently on the market at $1.295 million.

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