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Buyer? Buyer? House from ‘Ferris Bueller’ Up For Sale

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Danielle Garofalo
   | Chicago News

The home only appeared for a few brief moments in the film, but those moments were memorable enough to leave a lasting impression. After all, who can forget the scene in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” where Cameron Frye, best friend and sidekick of Ferris, kicks his father’s beloved Ferrari through the glass wall of the garage and watches in horror as it crashes into the woods beneath the house?

Well, the modern residence that rivals many Chicago luxury homes has come back on the market, this time with an asking price of $1.5 million dollars that was recently dropped to $1.375 million. The estate was first listed in 2009 at $2.3 million, then, in 2010, it was reduced to $1.8 million, and by 2011 it was marked down to $1.65 million before the listing was taken offline.

Despite the most recent price chop, the 4-bedroom estate has had several updates. According to the listing, this includes a new roof, windows and carpeting, not to mention an interior and exterior steel renovation.

370 Beech Street Exterior

370 Beech Street Foyer

370 Beech Garage

370 Beech Street Garage

370 Beech street Great Room
A. James Speyer, a student of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, designed the primary house in 1953 for Fran and Ben Rose.  Ben Rose was a famed textile designer whose patterns are featured in museums in Chicago and New York.

 The initial design did not include the famous glass auto pavilion, which Mr. Rose appointed David Haid to design in the 70’s.

370 Beech Street Garage

Heid, is described by Jacques Brownson, designer of the Daley Center as “…one of the more important architects in Chicago.” His designs can be seen throughout the city, including the Dyett Middle School in Washington Park, the Abraham Lincoln Oasis on the Tri-State Tollway in South Holland, a bank in north Evanston and six floors of law offices for Jenner & Block in the IBM Building.

During the filming of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” Heid was responsible for overseeing the smashing and the repairs of the glass wall. The film’s crew had to set up a rail in the pavilion behind the house in order to roll the fiberglass version of the Ferrari out. Since fiberglass did not smoke when it crashed, the special effects team arranged for smoke bombs.

You may be able to get a luxury home in Chicago but not one that’s part of cinematic history. The famous Highland Park house is listed by Meladee Hughes of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, in case you want to take a short trip to the suburbs and check it out.

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  1. Elliot Passantino ·

    Awesome article by a great writer and truly fascinating for my closet architect : love to buy that house or replicate it

  2. Mary Olivo Benfante ·

    Beautiful Homes

  3. Nick Boutillier ·

    Well written piece! Beautiful property and fun history. A bit modern in style and sterile in apperanence, but tucked into a beautiful wooded area! Great buy if you’re into the style!

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  6. Richard Roberts ·

    great house but the ceilings seem a bit low.